Forterra (NASDAQ: FRTA) and GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE:GCP) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Forterra and GCP Applied Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forterra N/A N/A N/A
GCP Applied Technologies 2.99% -53.77% 6.87%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Forterra and GCP Applied Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forterra $1.52 billion 0.36 $179.63 million N/A N/A
GCP Applied Technologies $1.34 billion 1.60 $214.90 million $0.53 56.70

GCP Applied Technologies has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Forterra.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Forterra and GCP Applied Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forterra 0 6 3 0 2.33
GCP Applied Technologies 0 0 4 0 3.00

Forterra presently has a consensus target price of $16.81, suggesting a potential upside of 98.96%. GCP Applied Technologies has a consensus target price of $35.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.14%. Given Forterra’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Forterra is more favorable than GCP Applied Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.8% of Forterra shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.3% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Forterra shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

GCP Applied Technologies beats Forterra on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Forterra

Forterra, Inc. is a manufacturer of pipe and precast products. The Company offers products for a range of water-related infrastructure applications, including water transmission, distribution and drainage. The Company operates approximately 95 facilities. Its products are available in the United States and Eastern Canada.

About GCP Applied Technologies

GCP Applied Technologies Inc. produces and sells specialty construction chemicals, specialty building materials, and packaging sealants and coatings. The Company operates through two segments: Specialty Construction Chemicals and Specialty Building Materials. The Specialty Construction Chemicals segment manufactures and markets products to manage performance of Portland cement, and materials based on Portland cement, such as concrete admixtures and cement additives, as well as concrete production management systems. The Specialty Building Materials segment manufactures and markets building envelope products, residential building products and specialty construction products. Its brands include ADVA, CBA, MIRA, ADPRUFE, DARABLEND and APPERTA.

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