GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) vs. Cemex SAB de CV (CX) Head-To-Head Review

GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE: GCP) and Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE:CX) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for GCP Applied Technologies and Cemex SAB de CV, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GCP Applied Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
Cemex SAB de CV 0 3 4 1 2.75

GCP Applied Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $34.20, indicating a potential upside of 4.91%. Cemex SAB de CV has a consensus target price of $10.46, indicating a potential upside of 39.87%. Given Cemex SAB de CV’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cemex SAB de CV is more favorable than GCP Applied Technologies.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GCP Applied Technologies and Cemex SAB de CV’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GCP Applied Technologies $1.36 billion 1.72 $72.80 million ($0.54) -60.37
Cemex SAB de CV $13.40 billion 0.81 $752.16 million $0.76 9.78

Cemex SAB de CV has higher revenue and earnings than GCP Applied Technologies. GCP Applied Technologies 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.0% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.4% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of GCP Applied Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Cemex SAB de CV shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares GCP Applied Technologies and Cemex SAB de CV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GCP Applied Technologies 56.84% 124.93% 3.91%
Cemex SAB de CV 8.38% 8.71% 3.10%


GCP Applied Technologies beats Cemex SAB de CV on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GCP Applied Technologies

GCP Applied Technologies Inc. produces and sells specialty construction chemicals, specialty building materials, and packaging sealants and coatings. The Company operates through two segments: Specialty Construction Chemicals and Specialty Building Materials. The Specialty Construction Chemicals segment manufactures and markets products to manage performance of Portland cement, and materials based on Portland cement, such as concrete admixtures and cement additives, as well as concrete production management systems. The Specialty Building Materials segment manufactures and markets building envelope products, residential building products and specialty construction products. Its brands include ADVA, CBA, MIRA, ADPRUFE, DARABLEND and APPERTA.

About Cemex SAB de CV

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.

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