Financial Survey: Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) vs. Select Sands (SLSDF)

Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) and Select Sands (OTCMKTS:SLSDF) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Martin Marietta Materials and Select Sands, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Martin Marietta Materials 1 3 9 0 2.62
Select Sands 0 0 0 0 N/A

Martin Marietta Materials presently has a consensus target price of $217.62, indicating a potential upside of 0.14%. Given Martin Marietta Materials’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Martin Marietta Materials is more favorable than Select Sands.

Dividends

Martin Marietta Materials pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Select Sands does not pay a dividend. Martin Marietta Materials pays out 23.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Martin Marietta Materials has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Martin Marietta Materials and Select Sands’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Martin Marietta Materials $4.24 billion 3.20 $470.00 million $8.09 26.86
Select Sands $20.07 million 0.26 -$470,000.00 N/A N/A

Martin Marietta Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Select Sands.

Risk & Volatility

Martin Marietta Materials has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Select Sands has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Martin Marietta Materials and Select Sands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Martin Marietta Materials 11.48% 10.82% 5.50%
Select Sands -2.37% -2.17% -1.75%

Summary

Martin Marietta Materials beats Select Sands on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Martin Marietta Materials Company Profile

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., a natural resource-based building materials company, supplies aggregates and heavy building materials to the construction industry in the United States and internationally. The company offers crushed stone, sand, and gravel products; ready mixed concrete and asphalt; paving products and services; Portland and specialty cement for use in the infrastructure projects, and nonresidential and residential construction markets, as well as in the railroad, agricultural, utility, and environmental industries. It also manufactures and markets magnesia-based chemical products for the industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications; and dolomitic lime primarily for customers in the steel and mining industries, as well as provides road paving construction services. The company's chemical products are used in flame retardants, wastewater treatment, pulp and paper production, and other environmental applications. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Select Sands Company Profile

Select Sands Corp. engages in quarrying and producing silica sand. It has an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Sandtown property covering approximately 520 acres located in northeast Arkansas, the United States. Select Sands Corp. sells its products to industrial and energy customers. The company was formerly known as La Ronge Gold Corp. and changed its name to Select Sands Corp. in November 2014. Select Sands Corp. was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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