Monarch Cement (MCEM) and Continental Building Products (CBPX) Financial Survey

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

Volatility and Risk

Monarch Cement has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Continental Building Products has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 1.63 $21.16 million N/A N/A
Continental Building Products $489.16 million 2.24 $59.84 million $1.33 22.24

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

Dividends

Monarch Cement 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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

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%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Monarch Cement and Continental Building Products, as provided 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 3 0 2.38

Continental Building Products has a consensus price target of $33.63, indicating a potential upside of 13.67%. Given Continental Building Products’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Continental Building Products is more favorable than Monarch Cement.

Summary

Continental Building Products beats Monarch Cement on 9 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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