Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) & Fletcher Building (OTCMKTS:FCREY) Financial Review

Fletcher Building (OTCMKTS:FCREYGet Free Report) and Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXPGet Free Report) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fletcher Building and Eagle Materials’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fletcher Building N/A N/A N/A $0.98 4.52
Eagle Materials $2.15 billion 4.06 $461.54 million $14.17 17.89

Eagle Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Fletcher Building. Fletcher Building is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eagle Materials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Fletcher Building and Eagle Materials, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fletcher Building 0 0 0 0 N/A
Eagle Materials 0 1 8 0 2.89

Eagle Materials has a consensus price target of $257.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.40%. Given Eagle Materials’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Eagle Materials is more favorable than Fletcher Building.


This table compares Fletcher Building and Eagle Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fletcher Building N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Materials 22.24% 40.05% 17.63%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.1% of Eagle Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Eagle Materials shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Fletcher Building pays an annual dividend of $0.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.9%. Eagle Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Fletcher Building pays out 58.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Eagle Materials pays out 7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.


Eagle Materials beats Fletcher Building on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fletcher Building

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Fletcher Building Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building products in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally. It operates through Building Products, Distribution, Concrete, Residential and Development, Construction, and Australia segments. The Building Products segment manufactures, markets, and distributes building products used to build homes; and buildings and infrastructure, including insulations, plasterboards, laminate surfaces, and plastic and concrete piping for the commercial and residential markets. The Distribution segment distributes building, plumbing, and pipeline products under the PlaceMakers, Mico, and TUMU brands. The Concrete segment engages in the extraction of aggregates, and production of cement and concrete. The Residential and Development segment builds residential homes and apartments; and develops and sells residential and commercial land. The Construction segment builds and maintains public and commercial buildings, transport and utilities infrastructure, and buildings and infrastructure, as well as designs, constructs, and maintains roads and civil infrastructure. The Australia segment manufactures and distributes building materials, such as insulation, plasterboard, laminate surfaces, steel roofing, and plastic and concrete piping for a range of industries across Australia. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

About Eagle Materials

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Eagle Materials Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells heavy construction materials and light building materials in the United States. It operates in four segments: Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, Gypsum Wallboard, and Recycled Paperboard. The company engages in the mining of limestone for the manufacture, production, distribution, and sale of Portland cement; grinding and sale of slag; and mining of gypsum for the manufacture and sale of gypsum wallboards used to finish the interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial, and industrial structures. It also manufactures and sells recycled paperboard to gypsum wallboard industry and other paperboard converters, as well as containerboard and lightweight packaging grades. In addition, the company engages in the sale of ready-mix concrete; and mining, extracting, production, and sale of aggregates, including crushed stones, sand, and gravel. Its products are used in commercial and residential construction; public construction projects; and projects to build, expand, and repair roads and highways. The company was formerly known as Centex Construction Products, Inc. and changed its name to Eagle Materials, Inc. in January 2004. Eagle Materials Inc. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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