Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) & USG Corporation (USG) Critical Survey

USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) and Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.0% of USG Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.5% of Crh Plc shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of USG Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

USG Corporation has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crh Plc has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for USG Corporation and Crh Plc, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USG Corporation 2 11 5 0 2.17
Crh Plc 1 3 3 0 2.29

USG Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.24%. Given USG Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe USG Corporation is more favorable than Crh Plc.

Profitability

This table compares USG Corporation and Crh Plc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USG Corporation 14.94% 13.57% 6.20%
Crh Plc N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares USG Corporation and Crh Plc’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
USG Corporation $3.08 billion 1.24 $487.00 million $3.10 8.60
Crh Plc $32.01 billion 0.89 $3.66 billion N/A N/A

Crh Plc has higher revenue and earnings than USG Corporation.

Dividends

Crh Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. USG Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Summary

USG Corporation beats Crh Plc on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

USG Corporation Company Profile

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials. The Company’s segments include Gypsum, Ceilings and USG Boral Building Products (UBBP). It produces a range of products for use in new residential, new nonresidential, and residential and nonresidential repair and remodel construction, as well as products used in certain industrial processes. Its products are distributed through building materials dealers, home improvement centers and other retailers, specialty wallboard distributors, and contractors. Gypsum segment manufactures and markets gypsum and related products in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Ceilings segment manufactures and markets interior systems products in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. The UBBP segment manufactures, distributes and sells certain building products, mines raw gypsum and sells natural and synthetic gypsum throughout Asia, Australasia and the Middle East.

Crh Plc Company Profile

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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