Financial Contrast: Concrete Pumping (BBCP) and TopBuild (BLD)

Concrete Pumping (NASDAQ:BBCP) and TopBuild (NYSE:BLD) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Concrete Pumping has a beta of 0.36, suggesting that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TopBuild has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.3% of Concrete Pumping shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of TopBuild shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of TopBuild shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Concrete Pumping and TopBuild’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Concrete Pumping N/A -0.98% -0.18%
TopBuild 5.65% 14.12% 6.58%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Concrete Pumping and TopBuild, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Concrete Pumping 0 0 1 0 3.00
TopBuild 0 2 8 0 2.80

Concrete Pumping presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 83.49%. TopBuild has a consensus price target of $77.70, indicating a potential upside of 4.55%. Given Concrete Pumping’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Concrete Pumping is more favorable than TopBuild.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Concrete Pumping and TopBuild’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Concrete Pumping $243.22 million 0.78 -$7.11 million $2.47 2.65
TopBuild $2.38 billion 1.08 $134.75 million $4.19 17.74

TopBuild has higher revenue and earnings than Concrete Pumping. Concrete Pumping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TopBuild, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

TopBuild beats Concrete Pumping on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Concrete Pumping

Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. provides concrete pumping and concrete waste management services. The company offers concrete pumping services under the Brundage-Bone brand and concrete waste management services under the Eco-Pan brand in the United States; and concrete pumping services under the Camfaud brand in the United Kingdom. Its customers include commercial, infrastructure, and residential construction markets. The company is based in Denver, Colorado.

About TopBuild

TopBuild Corp. engages in the installation, distribution, and sale of insulation and other building products to the United States construction industry. The company operates in two segments, Installation and Distribution. It offers rain gutters, garage doors, fireplaces, fireproofing and firestopping products, shower enclosures, closet shelves, accessories, and other building products; and residential insulation services. The company also provides various services and tools that are designed to assist builders in applying the principles of building science to new home construction, which includes pre-construction plan reviews, various inspection services, and diagnostic testing; and home energy rating services. It serves single-family homebuilders, local/single-family custom builders, multi-family builders, commercial general contractors, remodelers, and individual homeowners, as well as insulation contractors, gutter contractors, weatherization contractors, other contractors, dealers, metal building erectors, and modular home builders. TopBuild Corp. has approximately 175 installation branches located in 41 states, and 70 distribution centers in 32 states. The company was formerly known as Masco SpinCo Corp. and changed its name to TopBuild Corp. in March 2015. TopBuild Corp. was incorporated in 2015 and is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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