CRH PLC (NYSE: CRH) and Forterra (NASDAQ:FRTA) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CRH PLC and Forterra, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CRH PLC 0 3 4 0 2.57
Forterra 0 6 3 0 2.33

CRH PLC currently has a consensus target price of $32.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.54%. Forterra has a consensus target price of $14.88, suggesting a potential upside of 215.15%. Given Forterra’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Forterra is more favorable than CRH PLC.

Profitability

This table compares CRH PLC and Forterra’s 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
Forterra -4.72% -45.03% -3.19%

Dividends

CRH PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Forterra does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CRH PLC and Forterra’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CRH PLC $32.94 billion 0.94 $3.80 billion N/A N/A
Forterra $1.57 billion 0.19 $160.18 million N/A N/A

CRH PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Forterra.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.1% of CRH PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Forterra shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CRH PLC beats Forterra on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CRH PLC

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.

About Forterra

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.

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