Texas Industries (NYSE: TXI) and CRH (NYSE:CRH) are both companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Texas Industries and CRH, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Texas Industries 0 1 0 0 2.00
CRH 0 1 3 0 2.75

Texas Industries currently has a consensus target price of $82.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. CRH has a consensus target price of $32.50, suggesting a potential downside of 13.68%. Given Texas Industries’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Texas Industries is more favorable than CRH.

Profitability

This table compares Texas Industries and CRH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Texas Industries N/A N/A N/A
CRH N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Texas Industries and CRH’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Texas Industries N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CRH $30.00 billion 1.05 $1.38 billion $1.90 19.82

CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Texas Industries.

Dividends

CRH pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Texas Industries does not pay a dividend. CRH pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CRH has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.4% of CRH shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CRH beats Texas Industries on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Texas Industries

Texas Industries, Inc. is a supplier of construction materials in the southwestern United States. The Company operates in three segments: cement, aggregates and consumer products. Its cement segment produces gray portland cement and specialty cements. The Company’s cement production and distribution facilities are concentrated primarily in Texas and California. Its aggregates segment produces natural aggregates, including sand, gravel and crushed limestone. The Company’s consumer products segment produces ready-mix concrete. It is also a supplier of natural aggregates and ready-mix concrete in Texas and northern Louisiana and in Oklahoma and Arkansas. As of May 31, 2013, the Company had 123 manufacturing facilities in five states. During the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013 (fiscal 2013), it produced approximately 4.3 million tons of finished cement. The Company produced approximately 14.2 million tons of natural aggregates during fiscal 2013.

About CRH

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.

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