Contrasting Cemex SAB de CV (CX) & CRH (CRH)

Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE: CX) and CRH (NYSE:CRH) are both large-cap construction materials – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.


This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and CRH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cemex SAB de CV 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cemex SAB de CV and CRH, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 5 1 2.78
CRH 0 1 3 0 2.75

Cemex SAB de CV presently has a consensus price target of $10.59, suggesting a potential upside of 29.12%. CRH has a consensus price target of $32.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.94%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than CRH.


CRH pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Cemex SAB de CV does not pay a dividend. Cemex SAB de CV has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and CRH’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cemex SAB de CV $13.40 billion 0.89 $752.16 million $0.58 14.14
CRH $30.00 billion 1.04 $1.38 billion N/A N/A

CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Cemex SAB de CV.

Risk and Volatility

Cemex SAB de CV has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CRH has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.4% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.4% of CRH shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Cemex SAB de CV beats CRH on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cemex SAB de CV

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (CEMEX) is an operating and holding company engaged, directly or indirectly, through its operating subsidiaries, primarily in the production, distribution, marketing and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker and other construction materials throughout the world, and that provides construction-related services to customers and communities in over 50 countries throughout the world. The Company operates in various locations, including Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Its cement production facilities are located in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Panama, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Company is a supplier of aggregates, primarily the crushed stone, sand and gravel, used in various forms of construction.

About CRH

CRH public limited company (CRH plc) is a building materials company. The Company’s segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products. Europe Lightside segment manufactures and supplies products and solutions for customers in global construction markets. Through its Europe Distribution segment, the Company distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers. Americas Materials segment is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services. Through Americas Distribution segment, the Company is a distributor of roofing, siding, drywall, ceiling systems and related accessories.

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