Reviewing 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 contrast to its competitors? We will compare Vulcan Materials to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

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Vulcan Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. 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 raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Vulcan Materials and its competitors, as reported 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 193 709 870 28 2.41

Vulcan Materials presently has a consensus target price of $142.50, suggesting a potential upside of 25.27%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 18.12%. Given Vulcan Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vulcan Materials is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.2% of Vulcan Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Vulcan Materials shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Vulcan Materials and its competitors’ 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%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vulcan Materials and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vulcan Materials $3.89 billion $601.18 million 37.42
Vulcan Materials Competitors $1.87 billion $261.07 million 15.18

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

Summary

Vulcan Materials beats its competitors 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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