Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE:CX) and Buzzi Unicem (OTCMKTS:BZZUF) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.
Volatility & Risk
Cemex SAB de CV has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Buzzi Unicem has a beta of 0.23, suggesting that its stock price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and Buzzi Unicem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Cemex SAB de CV||2.51%||1.78%||0.69%|
Cemex SAB de CV pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Buzzi Unicem does not pay a dividend. Cemex SAB de CV pays out 14.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
30.6% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Cemex SAB de CV and Buzzi Unicem, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Cemex SAB de CV||0||4||1||0||2.20|
Cemex SAB de CV presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 62.60%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than Buzzi Unicem.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and Buzzi Unicem’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cemex SAB de CV||$14.37 billion||0.38||$545.33 million||$0.35||10.54|
Cemex SAB de CV has higher revenue and earnings than Buzzi Unicem.
Cemex SAB de CV beats Buzzi Unicem on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Cemex SAB de CV Company Profile
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker, and other construction materials. The company also offers various complementary construction products, including asphalt products; concrete blocks and roof tiles; architectural products; concrete pipes for storm and sanitary sewers applications; and other precast products comprising rail products, concrete floors, box culverts, bridges, drainage basins, barriers, and parking curbs. In addition, it provides building solutions for housing projects, pavement projects, and green building consultancy services; and information technology solutions. The company has operations in Mexico; the United States; Europe; South and Central America, and the Caribbean; Asia, the Middle East, and Africa; and internationally. CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico.
Buzzi Unicem Company Profile
Buzzi Unicem SpA, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates. The company has operations in Italy, the United States, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil. Buzzi Unicem SpA was founded in 1907 and is based in Casale Monferrato, Italy.
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