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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CRH and Cemex SAB de CV’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CRH $30.00 billion 1.00 $1.38 billion N/A N/A
Cemex SAB de CV $13.40 billion 0.82 $752.16 million $0.55 13.62

CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Cemex SAB de CV.

Volatility and Risk

CRH has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CRH and Cemex SAB de CV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CRH 0 1 3 0 2.75
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 5 1 2.78

CRH presently has a consensus price target of $32.50, indicating a potential downside of 9.50%. Cemex SAB de CV has a consensus price target of $10.59, indicating a potential upside of 41.36%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than CRH.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cemex SAB de CV 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.4% of CRH shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.4% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


CRH pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Cemex SAB de CV does not pay a dividend.


Cemex SAB de CV beats CRH on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

CRH Company Profile

CRH public limited company (CRH plc) is a building materials company. The Company’s segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products. Europe Lightside segment manufactures and supplies products and solutions for customers in global construction markets. Through its Europe Distribution segment, the Company distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers. Americas Materials segment is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services. Through Americas Distribution segment, the Company is a distributor of roofing, siding, drywall, ceiling systems and related accessories.

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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