Financial Review: MONARCH Cem Co/SH (MCEM) & Continental Building Products (CBPX)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for MONARCH Cem Co/SH and Continental Building Products, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MONARCH Cem Co/SH 0 0 0 0 N/A
Continental Building Products 0 4 3 0 2.43

Continental Building Products has a consensus target price of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.22%. Given Continental Building Products’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Continental Building Products is more favorable than MONARCH Cem Co/SH.

Profitability

This table compares MONARCH Cem Co/SH and Continental Building Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MONARCH Cem Co/SH N/A N/A N/A
Continental Building Products 14.04% 19.57% 9.69%

Dividends

MONARCH Cem Co/SH pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Continental Building Products does not pay a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

MONARCH Cem Co/SH has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Continental Building Products has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MONARCH Cem Co/SH and Continental Building Products’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MONARCH Cem Co/SH $165.23 million 1.64 $21.16 million N/A N/A
Continental Building Products $489.16 million 2.28 $59.84 million $1.33 22.65

Continental Building Products has higher revenue and earnings than MONARCH Cem Co/SH.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of MONARCH Cem Co/SH shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.9% of Continental Building Products shares are held by institutional investors. 26.0% of MONARCH Cem Co/SH shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Continental Building Products shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Continental Building Products beats MONARCH Cem Co/SH on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MONARCH Cem Co/SH

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.

About Continental Building Products

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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