Reviewing Vulcan Materials (VMC) and LYNAS CORP LTD/S (LYSDY)

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) and LYNAS CORP LTD/S (OTCMKTS:LYSDY) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Vulcan Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. LYNAS CORP LTD/S does not pay a dividend. Vulcan Materials pays out 36.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Vulcan Materials has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Vulcan Materials and LYNAS CORP LTD/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vulcan Materials 16.84% 10.20% 5.29%
LYNAS CORP LTD/S N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Vulcan Materials and LYNAS CORP LTD/S, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vulcan Materials 1 1 8 0 2.70
LYNAS CORP LTD/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vulcan Materials presently has a consensus price target of $123.80, suggesting a potential upside of 22.14%. Given Vulcan Materials’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Vulcan Materials is more favorable than LYNAS CORP LTD/S.

Risk & Volatility

Vulcan Materials has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LYNAS CORP LTD/S has a beta of 2.42, meaning that its stock price is 142% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.8% of Vulcan Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Vulcan Materials shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vulcan Materials and LYNAS CORP LTD/S’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vulcan Materials $3.89 billion 3.44 $601.18 million $3.04 33.34
LYNAS CORP LTD/S $290.04 million 2.68 $41.16 million N/A N/A

Vulcan Materials has higher revenue and earnings than LYNAS CORP LTD/S.

Summary

Vulcan Materials beats LYNAS CORP LTD/S on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vulcan Materials Company Profile

Vulcan Materials Company produces and supplies construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt, Concrete, and Calcium. The Aggregates segment provides crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates; and related products and services for use in the construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and other public works, as well as in the construction of housing and commercial, industrial, and other nonresidential facilities. The Asphalt Mix segment offers asphalt mix in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. The Concrete segment provides ready-mixed concrete in California, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and the Bahamas. The Calcium segment mines, produces, and sells calcium products for the animal feed, plastics, and water treatment industries. The company was formerly known as Virginia Holdco, Inc. Vulcan Materials Company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

LYNAS CORP LTD/S Company Profile

Lynas Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, mining, extraction, and processing of rare earth minerals primarily in Australia and Malaysia. It also produces and supplies neodymium-praseodymium material. The company holds interest in the Mount Weld project in Western Australia. It also owns, develops, and operates Lynas advanced materials plant located in Kuantan, Malaysia; and Mount Weld concentration plant located in Western Australia. In addition, the company offers corporate services. The company was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Kuantan, Malaysia.

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