Critical Review: Anhui Conch Cement (AHCHY) and Cemex (CX)

Anhui Conch Cement (OTCMKTS: AHCHY) and Cemex (NYSE:CX) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Anhui Conch Cement and Cemex’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anhui Conch Cement $11.15 billion 0.71 $2.35 billion N/A N/A
Cemex $13.67 billion 0.64 $806.71 million $0.41 14.68

Anhui Conch Cement has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Cemex.

Volatility and Risk

Anhui Conch Cement has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cemex has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Anhui Conch Cement shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.7% of Cemex shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Anhui Conch Cement and Cemex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anhui Conch Cement N/A N/A N/A
Cemex 3.58% 4.33% 1.61%


Anhui Conch Cement pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Cemex does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Anhui Conch Cement and Cemex, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anhui Conch Cement 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cemex 1 3 5 0 2.44

Cemex has a consensus price target of $9.34, suggesting a potential upside of 55.20%. Given Cemex’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cemex is more favorable than Anhui Conch Cement.


Cemex beats Anhui Conch Cement on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Anhui Conch Cement

Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cement, commodity clinker, and aggregates in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company primarily offers cement and commodity clinker under the CONCH brand. It also provides construction and installation services for industrial purposes; logistic services; and mining and related services. In addition, the company manufactures and sells cement packaging products and refractory materials; and develops and sells profile and related products, as well as exports clinker and cement products. Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited was founded in 1997 and is based in Wuhu, the People's Republic of China.

About Cemex

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker, and other construction materials. The company also offers various complementary construction products, including asphalt products; concrete blocks and roof tiles; architectural products; concrete pipes for storm and sanitary sewers applications; and other precast products comprising rail products, concrete floors, box culverts, bridges, drainage basins, barriers, and parking curbs. In addition, it provides building solutions for housing projects, pavement projects, and green building consultancy services; and information technology solutions and services. The company has operations in Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico.

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