Comparing Loma Negra (LOMA) & Anhui Conch Cement (AHCHY)

Loma Negra (NYSE: LOMA) and Anhui Conch Cement (OTCMKTS:AHCHY) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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39.9% of Loma Negra shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Anhui Conch Cement shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Loma Negra and Anhui Conch Cement, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loma Negra 0 4 0 0 2.00
Anhui Conch Cement 0 0 0 0 N/A

Loma Negra presently has a consensus target price of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.41%. Given Loma Negra’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Loma Negra is more favorable than Anhui Conch Cement.

Profitability

This table compares Loma Negra and Anhui Conch Cement’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loma Negra N/A N/A N/A
Anhui Conch Cement N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Loma Negra and Anhui Conch Cement’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loma Negra $926.54 million 2.83 $96.03 million $0.85 25.87
Anhui Conch Cement $8.42 billion 0.91 $1.29 billion $1.22 24.29

Anhui Conch Cement has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra. Anhui Conch Cement is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Loma Negra, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Anhui Conch Cement pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Loma Negra does not pay a dividend. Anhui Conch Cement pays out 23.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Loma Negra beats Anhui Conch Cement on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Loma Negra

Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets cement and its by-products in Argentina and Paraguay. It operates through Cement, Masonry Cement and Lime; Concrete; Railroad; Aggregates; and Others segments. The company offers masonry cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, and lime to wholesale distributors, concrete producers, industrial customers, and others for use in the construction. It also provides railroad cargo transport services; and treats and recycles industrial waste for use as fuel or raw materials. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima is a subsidiary of Loma Negra Holding GmbH.

About Anhui Conch Cement

Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells clinkers and cement products under the CONCH brand in the People's Republic of China and internationally. It also provides construction and installation services for industrial purposes; logistic and loading services; and mining and related services. In addition, the company manufactures and sells cement packaging products and refractory materials; trades in coal products; and develops and sells profile and related products, as well as exports clinker and cement products. Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited was founded in 1997 and is based in Wuhu, the People's Republic of China.

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