LYNAS CORP LTD/S (LYSDY) and Vulcan Materials (VMC) Head to Head Review

LYNAS CORP LTD/S (OTCMKTS:LYSDY) and Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

LYNAS CORP LTD/S has a beta of 2.43, meaning that its share price is 143% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vulcan Materials has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares LYNAS CORP LTD/S and Vulcan Materials’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LYNAS CORP LTD/S $290.04 million 3.71 $41.16 million N/A N/A
Vulcan Materials $3.89 billion 3.60 $601.18 million $3.04 34.89

Vulcan Materials has higher revenue and earnings than LYNAS CORP LTD/S.

Profitability

This table compares LYNAS CORP LTD/S and Vulcan Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LYNAS CORP LTD/S N/A N/A N/A
Vulcan Materials 16.84% 10.20% 5.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.8% of Vulcan Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Vulcan Materials shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for LYNAS CORP LTD/S and Vulcan Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LYNAS CORP LTD/S 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vulcan Materials 1 2 7 0 2.60

Vulcan Materials has a consensus target price of $119.80, indicating a potential upside of 12.95%. Given Vulcan Materials’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vulcan Materials is more favorable than LYNAS CORP LTD/S.

Dividends

Vulcan Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. LYNAS CORP LTD/S does not pay a dividend. Vulcan Materials pays out 36.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Vulcan Materials has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Vulcan Materials beats LYNAS CORP LTD/S on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LYNAS CORP LTD/S

Lynas Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, mining, extraction, and processing of rare earth minerals primarily in Australia and Malaysia. It also produces and supplies neodymium-praseodymium material. The company holds interest in the Mount Weld project in Western Australia. It also owns, develops, and operates Lynas advanced materials plant located in Kuantan, Malaysia; and Mount Weld concentration plant located in Western Australia. In addition, the company offers corporate services. The company was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Kuantan, Malaysia.

About Vulcan Materials

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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