Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE: NX) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Quanex Building Products Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Quanex Building Products Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quanex Building Products Corporation 1.52% 7.87% 3.81%
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors -23.91% 870.33% 5.77%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Quanex Building Products Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Quanex Building Products Corporation $883.58 million $95.14 million 55.00
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors $2.53 billion $322.06 million 27.24

Quanex Building Products Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Quanex Building Products Corporation. Quanex Building Products Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Quanex Building Products Corporation has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quanex Building Products Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.40, indicating that their average stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.8% of Quanex Building Products Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.9% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Quanex Building Products Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Quanex Building Products Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Quanex Building Products Corporation pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 31.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Quanex Building Products Corporation lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Quanex Building Products Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quanex Building Products Corporation 0 0 2 0 3.00
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors 97 538 829 23 2.52

Quanex Building Products Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.83%. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies have a potential upside of 16.07%. Given Quanex Building Products Corporation’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Quanex Building Products Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Quanex Building Products Corporation competitors beat Quanex Building Products Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Quanex Building Products Corporation

Quanex Building Products Corporation manufactures components for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in the building products industry. The Company’s components can be categorized as window and door (fenestration) components, and kitchen and bath cabinet components. The Company operates through three segments: North American Engineered Components (NA Engineered Components), which consists of four operating segments primarily focused on the fenestration market in North America manufacturing vinyl profiles, insulating glass (IG) spacers, screens and other fenestration components; European Engineered Components (EU Engineered Components), which consists of the United Kingdom-based vinyl extrusion business, manufacturing vinyl profiles and conservatories, and the European insulating glass business manufacturing IG spacers, and North American Cabinet Components (NA Cabinet Components), which consists of the North American cabinet door and components business.

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