Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) and Carbo Ceramics (NYSE:CRR) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Owens Corning and Carbo Ceramics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Owens Corning||$6.38 billion||1.41||$289.00 million||$4.40||18.32|
|Carbo Ceramics||$188.76 million||1.17||-$253.11 million||($3.77)||-2.17|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Owens Corning and Carbo Ceramics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Owens Corning currently has a consensus target price of $86.95, suggesting a potential upside of 7.88%. Carbo Ceramics has a consensus target price of $7.75, suggesting a potential downside of 5.14%. Given Owens Corning’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Owens Corning is more favorable than Carbo Ceramics.
Owens Corning pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Carbo Ceramics does not pay a dividend. Owens Corning pays out 19.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Owens Corning has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.
This table compares Owens Corning and Carbo Ceramics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
92.6% of Owens Corning shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of Carbo Ceramics shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Owens Corning shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of Carbo Ceramics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
Owens Corning has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carbo Ceramics has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Owens Corning beats Carbo Ceramics on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Owens Corning Company Profile
Owens Corning, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composites; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: Composites, Insulation, and Roofing. The Composites segment manufactures, fabricates, and sells glass reinforcements in the form of fiber; and manufactures and sells glass fiber products in the form of fabrics, non-wovens, and other specialized products. Its products are used in pipe, roofing shingles, sporting goods, consumer electronics, telecommunications cables, boats, aviation, defense, automotive, industrial containers, and wind-energy applications in the building and construction, transportation, consumer, industrial, and power and energy markets. The Insulation segment manufactures and sells fiberglass insulation into residential, commercial, industrial, and other markets for thermal and acoustical applications; and manufactures and sells glass fiber pipe insulation, flexible duct media, bonded and granulated mineral fiber insulation, cellular glass insulation, and foam insulation used in above- and below-grade construction applications. This segment sells its products primarily to the insulation installers, home centers, lumberyards, retailers, and distributors. The Roofing segment manufactures and sells residential roofing shingles, oxidized asphalt materials, and roofing components used in residential and commercial construction, and specialty applications, as well as synthetic packaging materials. This segment sells its products through home centers, lumberyards, retailers, distributors, and contractors, as well as to roofing contractors for built-up roofing asphalt systems and to manufacturers in automotive, chemical, rubber, and construction industries. Owens Corning was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.
Carbo Ceramics Company Profile
CARBO Ceramics Inc., a technology company, provides products and services to the oil and gas, and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Oilfield Technologies and Services, and Environmental Products and Services. The Oilfield Technologies and Services segment manufactures and sells ceramic proppants for use in the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells to pressure pumping companies; produces ceramic pellets for use in various industrial technology applications, such as casting and milling; and provides technology to design, build, and optimize the Frac. It also sells fracture stimulation software under the FracPro brand; and offers fracture design and consulting services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies under the StrataGen brand name. The Environmental Products and Services segment provides spill prevention, containment, and countermeasure systems for the oil and gas industry. CARBO Ceramics Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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