Financial Comparison: Vulcan Materials (VMC) and The Competition

Vulcan Materials (NYSE: VMC) is one of 21 public companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Vulcan Materials to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

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Vulcan Materials has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vulcan Materials’ rivals have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Vulcan Materials and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vulcan Materials 15.45% 8.68% 4.34%
Vulcan Materials Competitors 8.93% 9.40% 4.85%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.2% of Vulcan Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Vulcan Materials shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by company 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 Vulcan Materials and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vulcan Materials $3.89 billion $601.18 million 38.94
Vulcan Materials Competitors $1.87 billion $261.07 million 15.17

Vulcan Materials has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Vulcan Materials is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Vulcan Materials and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vulcan Materials 0 2 6 0 2.75
Vulcan Materials Competitors 193 706 869 28 2.41

Vulcan Materials currently has a consensus target price of $142.50, suggesting a potential upside of 20.38%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 16.52%. Given Vulcan Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vulcan Materials is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

Vulcan Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Vulcan Materials pays out 36.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 46.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Vulcan Materials has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Vulcan Materials beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Vulcan Materials Company Profile

Vulcan Materials Company produces and supplies construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt, Concrete, and Calcium. The Aggregates segment provides crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates; and related products and services for use in the construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and other public works, as well as in the construction of housing and commercial, industrial, and other nonresidential facilities. The Asphalt Mix segment offers asphalt mix in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. The Concrete segment provides ready-mixed concrete in California, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and the Bahamas. The Calcium segment mines, produces, and sells calcium products for the animal feed, plastics, and water treatment industries. The company was formerly known as Virginia Holdco, Inc. Vulcan Materials Company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

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