Continental Building (NYSE: CBPX) and USG (NYSE:USG) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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This table compares Continental Building and USG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Continental Building 12.23% 16.58% 8.12%
USG 2.96% 13.59% 6.79%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.1% of USG shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Continental Building shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of USG shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Continental Building and USG’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Continental Building $489.16 million 2.25 $59.84 million $1.33 22.11
USG $3.20 billion 1.82 $88.00 million $1.80 22.98

USG has higher revenue and earnings than Continental Building. Continental Building is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than USG, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Continental Building and USG, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Continental Building 0 5 2 0 2.29
USG 1 10 4 0 2.20

Continental Building presently has a consensus target price of $30.17, suggesting a potential upside of 2.61%. USG has a consensus target price of $38.71, suggesting a potential downside of 6.40%. Given Continental Building’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Continental Building is more favorable than USG.

Volatility and Risk

Continental Building has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USG has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Continental Building

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.

About USG

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials. The Company’s segments include Gypsum, Ceilings and USG Boral Building Products (UBBP). It produces a range of products for use in new residential, new nonresidential, and residential and nonresidential repair and remodel construction, as well as products used in certain industrial processes. Its products are distributed through building materials dealers, home improvement centers and other retailers, specialty wallboard distributors, and contractors. Gypsum segment manufactures and markets gypsum and related products in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Ceilings segment manufactures and markets interior systems products in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. The UBBP segment manufactures, distributes and sells certain building products, mines raw gypsum and sells natural and synthetic gypsum throughout Asia, Australasia and the Middle East.

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