Crh Plc (NYSE: CRH) and Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.5% of Crh Plc shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Armstrong World Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Crh Plc has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Armstrong World Industries has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Crh Plc pays an annual dividend of $0.71 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Armstrong World Industries does not pay a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crh Plc and Armstrong World Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crh Plc $30.16 billion 1.00 $3.45 billion N/A N/A
Armstrong World Industries $1.26 billion 1.87 $232.40 million $2.61 16.93

Crh Plc has higher revenue and earnings than Armstrong World Industries.

Profitability

This table compares Crh Plc and Armstrong World Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crh Plc N/A N/A N/A
Armstrong World Industries 11.48% 51.25% 7.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Crh Plc and Armstrong World Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crh Plc 1 3 4 0 2.38
Armstrong World Industries 2 4 4 0 2.20

Armstrong World Industries has a consensus price target of $42.86, indicating a potential downside of 3.04%. Given Armstrong World Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Armstrong World Industries is more favorable than Crh Plc.

Summary

Armstrong World Industries beats Crh Plc on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Armstrong World Industries Company Profile

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI) is a global producer of ceiling systems. The Company owns and operates the Building Products (Ceilings) segment. The Company designs, manufactures and sells ceiling systems (primarily mineral fiber, fiberglass wool and metal) around the world. Its products are used in commercial and institutional buildings. Its geographical segments include Americas (including Canada); Europe, Middle East and Africa (including Russia) (EMEA), and Pacific Rim. As of December 31, 2016, it had 15 manufacturing plants in eight countries, including six plants located throughout the United States. Its Americas segment sells products for use in single and multi-family housing. It sells commercial products to building materials distributors re-selling its products to contractors, subcontractors’ alliances, architect and design firms, and facility owners. Residential ceiling products are sold in the Americas primarily to wholesalers and retailers.

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