Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE: NX) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Quanex Building Products Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Dividends

Quanex Building Products Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. 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 1.5% and pay out 31.9% 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.

Risk & Volatility

Quanex Building Products Corporation has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quanex Building Products Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.46, indicating that their average share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 -24.87% 907.82% 6.05%

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 61.71
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors $2.61 billion $332.51 million 27.55

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Quanex Building Products Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quanex Building Products Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors 56 430 741 15 2.58

Quanex Building Products Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.35%. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies have a potential upside of 14.16%. Given Quanex Building Products Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quanex Building Products Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.8% of Quanex Building Products Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% 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, 6.1% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Quanex Building Products Corporation peers beat Quanex Building Products Corporation on 10 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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