Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE: CX) and Forterra (NASDAQ:FRTA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.


This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and Forterra’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%
Forterra -5.97% -69.57% -4.00%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.4% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.9% of Forterra shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Forterra shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cemex SAB de CV and Forterra’s 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 0.87 $752.16 million $0.56 14.20
Forterra $1.36 billion 0.53 -$7.60 million ($1.69) -6.69

Cemex SAB de CV has higher revenue and earnings than Forterra. Forterra is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cemex SAB de CV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Cemex SAB de CV and Forterra, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 5 1 2.78
Forterra 0 4 2 0 2.33

Cemex SAB de CV presently has a consensus target price of $10.59, indicating a potential upside of 33.18%. Forterra has a consensus target price of $11.83, indicating a potential upside of 4.72%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than Forterra.


Cemex SAB de CV beats Forterra on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cemex SAB de CV Company Profile

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.

Forterra Company Profile

Forterra, Inc. is a manufacturer of pipe and precast products. The Company offers products for a range of water-related infrastructure applications, including water transmission, distribution and drainage. The Company operates approximately 95 facilities. Its products are available in the United States and Eastern Canada.

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