Sterling Construction (NASDAQ:STRL) and CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR (OTCMKTS:CRWOY) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sterling Construction and CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sterling Construction $957.96 million 0.32 $11.61 million $0.55 20.64
CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR $101.94 billion 0.04 $2.38 billion N/A N/A

CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Sterling Construction.

Profitability

This table compares Sterling Construction and CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sterling Construction 2.19% 14.47% 4.85%
CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Sterling Construction has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Sterling Construction and CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sterling Construction 0 0 1 0 3.00
CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sterling Construction presently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 76.21%. Given Sterling Construction’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Sterling Construction is more favorable than CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.3% of Sterling Construction shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of Sterling Construction shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Sterling Construction does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Sterling Construction beats CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sterling Construction

Sterling Construction Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a heavy civil and residential construction company in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and other states in the United States. The company's Heavy Civil Construction segment undertakes heavy civil construction projects, including highways, roads, bridges, airfields, ports, light rail, water, wastewater and storm drainage systems, foundations for multi-family homes, commercial concrete projects, and parking structures. This segment primarily serves the departments of transportation in various states, regional transit authorities, airport authorities, port authorities, water authorities, and railroads, as well as commercial construction customers. Its Residential Construction segment undertakes construction projects, such as concrete foundations for single-family homes. This segment serves home builders. The company was formerly known as Oakhurst Company, Inc. and changed its name to Sterling Construction Company, Inc. in November 2001. Sterling Construction Company, Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

About CHINA RWY GRP L/ADR

China Railway Group Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated construction company in the People's Republic of China. Its Infrastructure Construction segment constructs railways, highways, bridges, tunnels, metropolitan railways, buildings, irrigation works, hydroelectricity projects, ports, docks, airports, and other municipal works. The company's Survey, Design and Consulting Services segment provides survey, design, consulting, research and development, feasibility study, and compliance certification services to infrastructure construction projects. Its Engineering Equipment and Component Manufacturing segment designs, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells turnouts and other railway related equipment and materials, steel structures, and engineering machinery. The company's Property Development segment develops, sells, and manages residential and commercial properties. Its Other Businesses segment is involved in mining, financial, service concession arrangements operation, merchandise trading, and other ancillary businesses. The company was founded in 1950 and is based in Beijing, China.

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