Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) and Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE:CX) are both large-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Martin Marietta Materials and Cemex SAB de CV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Martin Marietta Materials 0 4 5 0 2.56
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 4 1 2.75

Martin Marietta Materials currently has a consensus price target of $240.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.04%. Cemex SAB de CV has a consensus price target of $10.46, indicating a potential upside of 39.50%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than Martin Marietta Materials.

Profitability

This table compares Martin Marietta Materials and Cemex SAB de CV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Martin Marietta Materials 11.03% 10.39% 5.84%
Cemex SAB de CV 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%

Risk and Volatility

Martin Marietta Materials has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cemex SAB de CV has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Martin Marietta Materials and Cemex SAB de CV’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Martin Marietta Materials $3.82 billion 3.41 $425.38 million $6.86 30.21
Cemex SAB de CV $13.40 billion 0.82 $752.16 million $0.76 9.80

Cemex SAB de CV has higher revenue and earnings than Martin Marietta Materials. Cemex SAB de CV is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Martin Marietta Materials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Martin Marietta Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Cemex SAB de CV does not pay a dividend. Martin Marietta Materials pays out 25.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.5% of Martin Marietta Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.4% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.5% of Martin Marietta Materials shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Martin Marietta Materials beats Cemex SAB de CV on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Martin Marietta Materials Company Profile

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. is a supplier of aggregates products (crushed stone, sand, and gravel) used for the construction of infrastructure, nonresidential, and residential projects. Aggregates products are also used for railroad ballast and in agricultural, utility and environmental applications. The Company’s Aggregates business operates through three segments: the Mid-America Group, Southeast Group and West Group. The Company’s business is categorized into Aggregates Business, Cement Business and Magnesia Specialties Business. Its Cement business is reported through the Cement segment. Its Magnesia Specialties business manufactures and markets magnesia-based chemical products used in industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications, and dolomitic lime sold to customers in the steel industry. Its Cement business produces Portland and specialty cements. It manufactures and markets, through its Magnesia Specialties business, magnesia-based chemical products.

Cemex SAB de CV Company Profile

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (CEMEX) is an operating and holding company engaged, directly or indirectly, through its operating subsidiaries, primarily in the production, distribution, marketing and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker and other construction materials throughout the world, and that provides construction-related services to customers and communities in over 50 countries throughout the world. The Company operates in various locations, including Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its cement production facilities are located in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Panama, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Company is a supplier of aggregates, primarily the crushed stone, sand and gravel, used in various forms of construction.

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