GMS (NYSE: GMS) and BlueLinx Holdings (NYSE:BXC) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares GMS and BlueLinx Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GMS $2.41 billion 0.60 $182.43 million $1.32 26.58
BlueLinx Holdings $1.80 billion 0.04 $36.02 million $3.23 2.59

GMS has higher revenue and earnings than BlueLinx Holdings. BlueLinx Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than GMS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

GMS has a beta of 3.39, meaning that its share price is 239% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlueLinx Holdings has a beta of 2.3, meaning that its share price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.5% of GMS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.5% of BlueLinx Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of GMS shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of BlueLinx Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares GMS and BlueLinx Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GMS 2.28% 14.13% 5.12%
BlueLinx Holdings 1.62% -22.97% 1.57%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for GMS and BlueLinx Holdings, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GMS 0 1 5 0 2.83
BlueLinx Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

GMS currently has a consensus target price of $36.60, suggesting a potential upside of 4.30%. Given GMS’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe GMS is more favorable than BlueLinx Holdings.


GMS beats BlueLinx Holdings on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

GMS Company Profile

GMS Inc. is a distributor of wallboard and suspended ceilings systems, or ceilings. The Company provides a product offering of over 20,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) of wallboard, ceilings and complementary interior construction products for interior contractors. It offers steel framing and ancillary products for its customers. Its Wallboard is a building product for interior and exterior walls and ceilings in residential and commercial structures. Its ceilings product line consists of suspended mineral fiber, soft fiber and metal ceiling systems primarily used in offices, hotels, hospitals, retail facilities, schools and a range of other commercial and institutional buildings. Its steel framing product line consists of steel track, studs and various other steel products used to frame the interior walls of a commercial or institutional building. It supplies complementary products, including insulation, ready-mix-joint compound and various other interior construction products.

BlueLinx Holdings Company Profile

BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. is a distributor of building products in North America. The Company operates its distribution business through a network of approximately 40 distribution centers. It serves metropolitan areas in the United States and delivers building products to a range of wholesale and retail customers. The Company distributes products in approximately two categories, such as structural products and specialty products. Structural products include plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), rebar and remesh, lumber and other wood products primarily used for structural support, walls and flooring in construction projects. Specialty products include roofing, insulation, specialty panels, molding, engineered wood products, vinyl products (used primarily in siding), outdoor living, particle board and metal products (excluding rebar and remesh). It also provides a range of services and solutions, such as intermodal distribution services; inventory stocking, and backhaul services.

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