Installed Building Products (NYSE: IBP) and Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Installed Building Products has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Masco Corporation has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Masco Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Installed Building Products does not pay a dividend. Masco Corporation pays out 24.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Masco Corporation has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Installed Building Products and Masco Corporation, 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
Masco Corporation 0 2 13 0 2.87

Installed Building Products currently has a consensus price target of $63.25, indicating a potential upside of 8.77%. Masco Corporation has a consensus price target of $40.77, indicating a potential upside of 9.27%. Given Masco Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Masco Corporation is more favorable than Installed Building Products.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Installed Building Products and Masco Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
Masco Corporation $7.47 billion 1.59 $1.23 billion $1.62 23.03

Masco Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Installed Building Products. Masco Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares Installed Building Products and Masco Corporation’s 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%
Masco Corporation 7.09% 20,509.09% 10.67%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of Installed Building Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.5% of Masco Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 32.9% of Installed Building Products shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Masco Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Masco Corporation beats Installed Building Products on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Installed Building Products Company Profile

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.

Masco Corporation Company Profile

Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes branded home improvement and building products. The Company operates through four business segments: Plumbing Products, Decorative Architectural Products, Cabinetry Products, and Windows and Other Specialty Products. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes BEHR paint; DELTA and HANSGROHE faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KRAFTMAID and MERILLAT cabinets; MILGARD windows and doors, and HOT SPRING spas. The Company’s plumbing products include faucets, showerheads, handheld showers, valves, bathing units, shower enclosures and toilets and are sold to home center retailers and to wholesalers and distributors. It also produces architectural coatings, including paints, primers, specialty paints, stains and waterproofing products. In North America, it manufactures and sells value-priced, stock and semi-custom assembled cabinetry for kitchen, bath, storage, home office and home entertainment applications.

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