Carbo Ceramics (NYSE: CRR) and Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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70.2% of Carbo Ceramics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.6% of Owens Corning shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.1% of Carbo Ceramics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Owens Corning shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Owens Corning pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Carbo Ceramics does not pay a dividend. Owens Corning pays out 19.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Owens Corning has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Carbo Ceramics and Owens Corning, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carbo Ceramics 1 3 0 0 1.75
Owens Corning 0 9 11 0 2.55

Carbo Ceramics currently has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential downside of 6.85%. Owens Corning has a consensus price target of $86.95, suggesting a potential upside of 6.28%. Given Owens Corning’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Owens Corning is more favorable than Carbo Ceramics.

Risk & Volatility

Carbo Ceramics has a beta of 1.67, meaning that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Owens Corning has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Carbo Ceramics and Owens Corning’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carbo Ceramics -67.47% -20.27% -16.40%
Owens Corning 4.53% 12.26% 5.88%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Carbo Ceramics and Owens Corning’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carbo Ceramics $188.76 million 1.20 -$253.11 million ($3.77) -2.21
Owens Corning $6.38 billion 1.43 $289.00 million $4.40 18.59

Owens Corning has higher revenue and earnings than Carbo Ceramics. Carbo Ceramics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Owens Corning, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Owens Corning beats Carbo Ceramics on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Carbo Ceramics

CARBO Ceramics Inc., a technology company, provides products and services to the oil and gas, and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Oilfield Technologies and Services, and Environmental Products and Services. The Oilfield Technologies and Services segment manufactures and sells ceramic proppants for use in the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells to pressure pumping companies; produces ceramic pellets for use in various industrial technology applications, such as casting and milling; and provides technology to design, build, and optimize the Frac. It also sells fracture stimulation software under the FracPro brand; and offers fracture design and consulting services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies under the StrataGen brand name. The Environmental Products and Services segment provides spill prevention, containment, and countermeasure systems for the oil and gas industry. CARBO Ceramics Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composites; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: Composites, Insulation, and Roofing. The Composites segment manufactures, fabricates, and sells glass reinforcements in the form of fiber; and manufactures and sells glass fiber products in the form of fabrics, non-wovens, and other specialized products. Its products are used in pipe, roofing shingles, sporting goods, consumer electronics, telecommunications cables, boats, aviation, defense, automotive, industrial containers, and wind-energy applications in the building and construction, transportation, consumer, industrial, and power and energy markets. The Insulation segment manufactures and sells fiberglass insulation into residential, commercial, industrial, and other markets for thermal and acoustical applications; and manufactures and sells glass fiber pipe insulation, flexible duct media, bonded and granulated mineral fiber insulation, cellular glass insulation, and foam insulation used in above- and below-grade construction applications. This segment sells its products primarily to the insulation installers, home centers, lumberyards, retailers, and distributors. The Roofing segment manufactures and sells residential roofing shingles, oxidized asphalt materials, and roofing components used in residential and commercial construction, and specialty applications, as well as synthetic packaging materials. This segment sells its products through home centers, lumberyards, retailers, distributors, and contractors, as well as to roofing contractors for built-up roofing asphalt systems and to manufacturers in automotive, chemical, rubber, and construction industries. Owens Corning was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

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