Forterra (NASDAQ: FRTA) and Summit Materials (NYSE:SUM) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Forterra and Summit Materials’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forterra $1.57 billion 0.14 $160.18 million N/A N/A
Summit Materials $1.76 billion 1.84 $368.45 million $0.56 53.50

Summit Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Forterra.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Forterra and Summit Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forterra 0 6 3 0 2.33
Summit Materials 0 2 6 0 2.75

Forterra presently has a consensus price target of $14.88, suggesting a potential upside of 345.36%. Summit Materials has a consensus price target of $30.33, suggesting a potential upside of 0.74%. Given Forterra’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Forterra is more favorable than Summit Materials.


This table compares Forterra and Summit Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forterra -4.72% -45.03% -3.19%
Summit Materials 2.46% 9.90% 3.22%


Summit Materials beats Forterra on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Forterra Company Profile

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.

Summit Materials Company Profile

Summit Materials, Inc. is a construction materials company. The Company operates through three segments: West, East and Cement. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in 21 states in the United States and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s materials include aggregates, which it supplies across the United States, and in British Columbia, Canada, and cement, which it supplies along the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Within its markets, it offers construction materials and related downstream products through its vertical integration. In addition to supplying of aggregates to its customers, the Company also uses its materials internally to produce ready-mix concrete and asphalt paving mix. Its construction materials operations consists of aggregates production, including crushed stone and construction sand and gravel, cement and ready-mixed concrete production, and asphalt paving mix production.

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