Head to Head Review: Vulcan Materials (VMC) and PIEDMONT LITHIU/S (PLLL)

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) and PIEDMONT LITHIU/S (NASDAQ:PLLL) are both construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Vulcan Materials and PIEDMONT LITHIU/S, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vulcan Materials 1 1 8 0 2.70
PIEDMONT LITHIU/S 0 0 1 0 3.00

Vulcan Materials presently has a consensus target price of $123.80, suggesting a potential upside of 19.74%. PIEDMONT LITHIU/S has a consensus target price of $32.00, suggesting a potential upside of 265.30%. Given PIEDMONT LITHIU/S’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PIEDMONT LITHIU/S is more favorable than Vulcan Materials.


Vulcan Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. PIEDMONT LITHIU/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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.8% of Vulcan Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of PIEDMONT LITHIU/S shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Vulcan Materials shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Vulcan Materials and PIEDMONT LITHIU/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vulcan Materials 16.84% 10.20% 5.29%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vulcan Materials and PIEDMONT LITHIU/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vulcan Materials $3.89 billion 3.51 $601.18 million $3.04 34.01
PIEDMONT LITHIU/S N/A N/A -$9.95 million ($1.91) -4.59

Vulcan Materials has higher revenue and earnings than PIEDMONT LITHIU/S. PIEDMONT LITHIU/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vulcan Materials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Vulcan Materials beats PIEDMONT LITHIU/S on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vulcan Materials Company Profile

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.


Piedmont Lithium Limited engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in the United States. It primarily holds a 100% interest in the Piedmont lithium project covering a landholding of 1,092 acres in the Carolina Lithium Belt, North Carolina. The company was formerly known as WCP Resources Limited and changed its name to Piedmont Lithium Limited in August 2017. Piedmont Lithium Limited is based in Perth, Australia.

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