Monarch Cement (OTCMKTS:MCEM) and Continental Building Products (NYSE:CBPX) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.5% of Monarch Cement shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.6% of Continental Building Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.0% of Monarch Cement shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Continental Building Products shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Monarch Cement and Continental Building Products’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Monarch Cement $165.23 million 1.48 $21.16 million N/A N/A
Continental Building Products $489.16 million 2.03 $59.84 million $1.33 20.25

Continental Building Products has higher revenue and earnings than Monarch Cement.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Monarch Cement and Continental Building Products, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Monarch Cement 0 0 0 0 N/A
Continental Building Products 0 5 2 0 2.29

Continental Building Products has a consensus target price of $34.14, indicating a potential upside of 26.78%. Given Continental Building Products’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Continental Building Products is more favorable than Monarch Cement.

Volatility and Risk

Monarch Cement has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Continental Building Products has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Monarch Cement pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Continental Building Products does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Monarch Cement and Continental Building Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Monarch Cement N/A N/A N/A
Continental Building Products 15.10% 21.14% 10.66%

Summary

Continental Building Products beats Monarch Cement on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Monarch Cement Company Profile

The Monarch Cement Company manufactures and sells cement products in the United States. It primarily offers Portland cement and masonry cement. The company also sells ready-mixed concrete, concrete products, and sundry building materials. It primarily serves contractors, ready-mixed concrete plants, concrete products plants, building materials dealers, and governmental agencies. The company sells its products primarily in the Kansas, Iowa, southeast Nebraska, western Missouri, northwest Arkansas, and northern Oklahoma. The Monarch Cement Company was founded in 1908 and is based in Humboldt, Kansas.

Continental Building Products Company Profile

Continental Building Products, Inc. manufactures and sells gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products in the eastern United States and eastern Canada. The company sells its products to gypsum wallboard distributors, buying groups, wholesalers, and mass merchants in the new residential, repair and remodel, and commercial construction markets under the LiftLite, Mold Defense, and Weather Defense brand names. Continental Building Products, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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