Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE: CX) and Forterra (NASDAQ:FRTA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and Forterra’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cemex SAB de CV $13.40 billion 0.90 $752.16 million $0.59 14.05
Forterra $1.36 billion 0.39 -$7.60 million ($1.69) -4.85

Cemex SAB de CV has higher revenue and earnings than Forterra. Forterra is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cemex SAB de CV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.6% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Forterra shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and Forterra’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cemex SAB de CV 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%
Forterra -5.97% -69.57% -4.00%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cemex SAB de CV and Forterra, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 5 0 2.63
Forterra 0 4 2 0 2.33

Cemex SAB de CV presently has a consensus target price of $10.53, suggesting a potential upside of 27.00%. Forterra has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 46.34%. Given Forterra’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Forterra is more favorable than Cemex SAB de CV.


Cemex SAB de CV beats Forterra on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cemex SAB de CV Company Profile

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (CEMEX) is an operating and holding company engaged, directly or indirectly, through its operating subsidiaries, primarily in the production, distribution, marketing and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker and other construction materials throughout the world, and that provides construction-related services to customers and communities in over 50 countries throughout the world. The Company operates in various locations, including Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its cement production facilities are located in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Panama, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Company is a supplier of aggregates, primarily the crushed stone, sand and gravel, used in various forms of construction.

Forterra Company Profile

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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