Comparing Owens Corning (OC) and Carbo Ceramics (CRR)

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) and Carbo Ceramics (NYSE:CRR) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of Owens Corning shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of Carbo Ceramics shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Owens Corning shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of Carbo Ceramics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Owens Corning pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Carbo Ceramics does not pay a dividend. Owens Corning pays out 19.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Owens Corning has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Owens Corning and Carbo Ceramics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Owens Corning $6.38 billion 1.17 $289.00 million $4.40 15.18
Carbo Ceramics $188.76 million 1.07 -$253.11 million ($3.77) -1.98

Owens Corning has higher revenue and earnings than Carbo Ceramics. Carbo Ceramics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Owens Corning, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Owens Corning has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carbo Ceramics has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Owens Corning and Carbo Ceramics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Owens Corning 4.53% 12.26% 5.88%
Carbo Ceramics -67.47% -20.27% -16.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Owens Corning and Carbo Ceramics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Owens Corning 0 9 11 0 2.55
Carbo Ceramics 1 3 0 0 1.75

Owens Corning presently has a consensus price target of $87.15, indicating a potential upside of 30.48%. Carbo Ceramics has a consensus price target of $7.75, indicating a potential upside of 3.75%. Given Owens Corning’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Owens Corning is more favorable than Carbo Ceramics.


Owens Corning beats Carbo Ceramics on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Owens Corning Company Profile

Owens Corning, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composites; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: Composites, Insulation, and Roofing. The Composites segment manufactures, fabricates, and sells glass reinforcements in the form of fiber; and manufactures and sells glass fiber products in the form of fabrics, non-wovens, and other specialized products. Its products are used in pipe, roofing shingles, sporting goods, consumer electronics, telecommunications cables, boats, aviation, defense, automotive, industrial containers, and wind-energy applications in the building and construction, transportation, consumer, industrial, and power and energy markets. The Insulation segment manufactures and sells fiberglass insulation into residential, commercial, industrial, and other markets for thermal and acoustical applications; and manufactures and sells glass fiber pipe insulation, flexible duct media, bonded and granulated mineral fiber insulation, cellular glass insulation, and foam insulation used in above- and below-grade construction applications. This segment sells its products primarily to the insulation installers, home centers, lumberyards, retailers, and distributors. The Roofing segment manufactures and sells residential roofing shingles, oxidized asphalt materials, and roofing components used in residential and commercial construction, and specialty applications, as well as synthetic packaging materials. This segment sells its products through home centers, lumberyards, retailers, distributors, and contractors, as well as to roofing contractors for built-up roofing asphalt systems and to manufacturers in automotive, chemical, rubber, and construction industries. Owens Corning was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

Carbo Ceramics Company Profile

CARBO Ceramics Inc., a technology company, provides products and services to the oil and gas, and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Oilfield Technologies and Services, and Environmental Products and Services. The Oilfield Technologies and Services segment manufactures and sells ceramic proppants for use in the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells to pressure pumping companies; produces ceramic pellets for use in various industrial technology applications, such as casting and milling; and provides technology to design, build, and optimize the Frac. It also sells fracture stimulation software under the FracPro brand; and offers fracture design and consulting services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies under the StrataGen brand name. The Environmental Products and Services segment provides spill prevention, containment, and countermeasure systems for the oil and gas industry. CARBO Ceramics Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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