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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Quanex Building Products Corporation and its peers, 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 97 538 828 23 2.52

Quanex Building Products Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 18.23%. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies have a potential upside of 15.61%. Given Quanex Building Products Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Quanex Building Products Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

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 peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Quanex Building Products Corporation and its peers’ 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%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Quanex Building Products Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Quanex Building Products Corporation $883.58 million $95.14 million 53.42
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors $2.53 billion $322.06 million 27.15

Quanex Building Products Corporation’s peers 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 peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

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

Volatility & 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 peers have a beta of 1.40, indicating that their average stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Quanex Building Products Corporation peers beat Quanex Building Products Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Quanex Building Products Corporation Company Profile

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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