Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina (NYSE: LOMA) and James Hardie Industries (NYSE:JHX) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina and James Hardie Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina 0 4 0 0 2.00
James Hardie Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00

Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina currently has a consensus target price of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.66%. Given Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina is more favorable than James Hardie Industries.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.8% of James Hardie Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina and James Hardie Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina $668.49 million 3.95 $33.25 million N/A N/A
James Hardie Industries $1.92 billion 3.83 $276.50 million $1.51 11.03

James Hardie Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina.

Dividends

James Hardie Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina does not pay a dividend. James Hardie Industries pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina and James Hardie Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina N/A N/A N/A
James Hardie Industries 12.93% -110.46% 13.19%

Summary

James Hardie Industries beats Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Loma Negra Compania Indl Argentina Company Profile

Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina SA is an Argentina-based company engaged in the cement and concrete segment. The Company focuses on the manufacture and commercialization of cement and related products, such as lime, masonry cement, as well as concrete and aggregates. The Company offers Portland cement, lime and masonry cement packed in bags. Its products are mainly distributed to professionals in the construction and engineering sector. The Company is controlled by Intercement Brasil SA.

James Hardie Industries Company Profile

James Hardie Industries Plc is a manufacturer of fiber cement products and systems for internal and external building construction applications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. The Company’s operating segments are North America and Europe Fiber Cement, and Asia Pacific Fiber Cement. The North America and Europe Fiber Cement manufactures fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products and related accessories in the United States. The Asia Pacific Fiber Cement includes fiber cement manufactured in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, and sold in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates) and various Pacific Islands. The Company offers a range of fiber-cement building materials for both internal and external use across a range of applications, including external siding, internal walls, floors, ceilings, trim, fencing and facades.

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