CRH (NYSE: CRH) and Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ:OESX) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CRH and Orion Energy Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Orion Energy Systems||0||2||1||0||2.33|
CRH pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Orion Energy Systems does not pay a dividend. CRH has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
This table compares CRH and Orion Energy Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Orion Energy Systems||-31.32%||-57.15%||-32.21%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares CRH and Orion Energy Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|CRH||$28.51 billion||0.99||$2.14 billion||N/A||N/A|
|Orion Energy Systems||$70.21 million||0.36||-$12.28 million||($0.67)||-1.30|
CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Orion Energy Systems.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
3.5% of CRH shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.6% of Orion Energy Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of Orion Energy Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Risk and Volatility
CRH has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Energy Systems has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.
CRH beats Orion Energy Systems on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
CRH Company Profile
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 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.
Orion Energy Systems Company Profile
Orion Energy Systems, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of lighting platforms. The Company researches, develops, designs, manufactures, markets, sells and implements energy management systems consisting primarily of commercial and industrial interior and exterior lighting systems, and related services. The Company operates through three segments: Orion U.S. Markets Division (USM), Orion Engineered Systems Division (OES) and Distribution Services Division (ODS). The USM division develops and sells its commercial lighting systems and energy management systems to the wholesale contractor markets. The OES division develops and sells lighting products, and provides construction and engineering services for its commercial light emitting diode (LED) and high intensity fluorescent (HIF) lighting and energy management systems. The ODS division focuses on selling its lighting products through manufacturer representative agencies and a network of broadline North American distributors.
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