Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP) and Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ:APOG) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.6% of Installed Building Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.9% of Installed Building Products shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Apogee Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Installed Building Products and Apogee Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Installed Building Products 4.11% 25.27% 7.46%
Apogee Enterprises 7.39% 18.59% 11.53%

Dividends

Apogee Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Installed Building Products does not pay a dividend. Apogee Enterprises pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Installed Building Products and Apogee Enterprises’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Installed Building Products $997.23 million 1.86 $121.83 million $1.30 44.73
Apogee Enterprises $1.14 billion 1.13 $159.39 million $2.91 15.40

Apogee Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than Installed Building Products. Apogee Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Installed Building Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Installed Building Products and Apogee Enterprises, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Installed Building Products 0 0 4 0 3.00
Apogee Enterprises 0 0 3 0 3.00

Installed Building Products currently has a consensus target price of $63.25, suggesting a potential upside of 8.77%. Apogee Enterprises has a consensus target price of $63.33, suggesting a potential upside of 41.37%. Given Apogee Enterprises’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Apogee Enterprises is more favorable than Installed Building Products.

Risk & Volatility

Installed Building Products has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apogee Enterprises has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Apogee Enterprises beats Installed Building Products on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Installed Building Products

Installed Building Products, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a residential insulation installer in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s national platform included over 100 locations accessing customers in 48 continental states and the District of Columbia. The Company also installs complementary building products, including garage doors, rain gutters, shower doors, closet shelving and mirrors, which provides cross-selling opportunities to supplement the insulation installation business. The Company manages various aspects of the installation process for the customers, from the direct purchase and receipt of materials from national manufacturers, to supply of materials to job sites and quality installation. The Company’s customers include production and custom homebuilders, multi-family and commercial contractors, and homeowners.

About Apogee Enterprises

Apogee Enterprises, Inc. is engaged in the design and development of glass solutions for enclosing commercial buildings and framing art. The Company operates through four segments: Architectural Glass, Architectural Services, Architectural Framing Systems and Large-Scale Optical Technologies (LSO). The Architectural Glass segment fabricates coated glass used in customized window and wall systems. The Architectural Services segment designs, engineers, fabricates and installs the walls of glass, windows and other curtainwall products making up the outside skin of commercial and institutional buildings. The Architectural Framing Systems segment designs, engineers, fabricates and finishes the aluminum frames used in customized aluminum and glass window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. The Large-Scale Optical Technologies segment manufactures glass and acrylic products for the custom picture framing and fine art markets.

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