U S Concrete (NASDAQ: USCR) and James Hardie Industries PLC. (NYSE:JHX) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.8% of James Hardie Industries PLC. shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of U S Concrete shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares U S Concrete and James Hardie Industries PLC.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
U S Concrete $1.22 billion 0.99 $160.84 million $1.52 51.02
James Hardie Industries PLC. $1.92 billion 3.46 $436.50 million $1.79 8.41

James Hardie Industries PLC. has higher revenue and earnings than U S Concrete. James Hardie Industries PLC. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than U S Concrete, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

James Hardie Industries PLC. pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. U S Concrete does not pay a dividend. James Hardie Industries PLC. pays out 16.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. U S Concrete has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares U S Concrete and James Hardie Industries PLC.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U S Concrete 2.11% 24.23% 4.56%
James Hardie Industries PLC. 14.39% -104.72% 14.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for U S Concrete and James Hardie Industries PLC., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U S Concrete 0 0 2 0 3.00
James Hardie Industries PLC. 0 1 1 0 2.50

U S Concrete presently has a consensus target price of $77.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.71%. Given U S Concrete’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe U S Concrete is more favorable than James Hardie Industries PLC..

Volatility & Risk

U S Concrete has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, James Hardie Industries PLC. has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

U S Concrete beats James Hardie Industries PLC. on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About U S Concrete

U.S. Concrete, Inc. is a producer of ready-mixed concrete in select geographic markets in the United States. The Company conducts its operations through two business segments: ready-mixed concrete and aggregate products. The ready-mixed concrete segment engages principally in the formulation, production and delivery of ready-mixed concrete to its customers’ job sites. The aggregate products segment produces crushed stone, sand and gravel. The Company’ other products include its building materials stores, hauling operations, aggregates distribution terminals, lime slurry, brokered product sales, a recycled aggregates operation, and concrete blocks. The Company also offers the ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete technology. As of April 10, 2017, the Company operated 155 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 16 volumetric ready-mixed concrete plants, 17 producing aggregates facilities, three aggregates distribution terminals, two lime slurry facilities, and one recycled aggregates facility.

About James Hardie Industries PLC.

James Hardie Industries Plc is a manufacturer of fiber cement products and systems for internal and external building construction applications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. The Company’s operating segments are North America and Europe Fiber Cement, and Asia Pacific Fiber Cement. The North America and Europe Fiber Cement manufactures fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products and related accessories in the United States. The Asia Pacific Fiber Cement includes fiber cement manufactured in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, and sold in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates) and various Pacific Islands. The Company offers a range of fiber-cement building materials for both internal and external use across a range of applications, including external siding, internal walls, floors, ceilings, trim, fencing and facades.

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