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2021/08/02 22:45 UTC

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Executive Summary

CRH plc, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building materials. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer with adequate balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has CRH's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CRG is not significantly more volatile than the rest of Irish stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: CRG's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




IE Basic Materials


IE Market

1 Year Return




IE Basic Materials


IE Market

Return vs Industry: CRG underperformed the Irish Basic Materials industry which returned 37.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CRG underperformed the Irish Market which returned 36.6% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day1.6%0.7%1.0%
30 Day-0.9%-0.1%0.5%
90 Day7.6%-1.1%4.7%
1 Year35.8%32.3%38.9%34.9%36.2%34.4%
3 Year60.4%47.7%27.4%15.9%30.2%24.4%
5 Year75.2%54.3%40.8%21.4%64.7%52.9%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is CRH's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is CRH undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CRG (€42.35) is trading below our estimate of fair value (€96.3)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CRG is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CRG is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.2x) compared to the European Basic Materials industry average (17.2x).

PE vs Market: CRG is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.2x) compared to the Irish market (29.7x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CRG is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.1x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CRG is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2x) compared to the XE Basic Materials industry average (1.4x).

Future Growth

How is CRH forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 21 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CRG's forecast earnings growth (16.9% per year) is above the savings rate (0.5%).

Earnings vs Market: CRG's earnings (16.9% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the Irish market (33% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CRG's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: CRG's revenue (4.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the Irish market (10.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CRG's revenue (4.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CRG's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (11.8%).

Past Performance

How has CRH performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CRG has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CRG's current net profit margins (4.1%) are lower than last year (5.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CRG's earnings have grown by 6.9% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CRG's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: CRG had negative earnings growth (-31.1%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Basic Materials industry average (32.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: CRG's Return on Equity (5.7%) is considered low.

Financial Health

How is CRH's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: CRG's short term assets ($15.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($7.5B).

Long Term Liabilities: CRG's short term assets ($15.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($17.1B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: CRG's debt to equity ratio (60.1%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: CRG's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 68.1% to 60.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: CRG's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (32.2%).

Interest Coverage: CRG's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (7.1x coverage).

Balance Sheet


What is CRH current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CRG's dividend (2.28%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Irish market (1.55%).

High Dividend: CRG's dividend (2.28%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Irish market (3.94%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CRG's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CRG's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: At its current payout ratio (80.5%), CRG's payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CRG's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (40.7% payout ratio).

Next Steps


How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Albert Manifold (58 yo)





Mr. Albert Jude Manifold, FCPA, MBA, MBS, serves as Independent Director at LyondellBasell Industries N.V. since May 31, 2019. Mr. Manifold has been Group Chief Executive at CRH Plc since January 01, 2014 ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Albert's total compensation ($USD13.70M) is above average for companies of similar size in the Irish market ($USD5.01M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Albert's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: CRG's management team is considered experienced (4.2 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: CRG's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 1.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

CRH plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: CRH plc
  • Ticker: CRG
  • Exchange: ISE
  • Founded: 1936
  • Industry: Construction Materials
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: €33.041b
  • Shares outstanding: 780.18m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • CRH plc
  • Stonemason’s Way
  • Rathfarnham
  • Dublin
  • Co. Dublin
  • 16
  • Ireland



CRH plc, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building materials. It operates in three segments: Americas Materials, Europe Materials, and Building Products. The company manufactures and ...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/08/02 22:45
End of Day Share Price2021/08/02 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.