Valmont Industries (VMI) vs. Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) Head-To-Head Comparison

Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) and Simpson Manufacturing (NYSE:SSD) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Valmont Industries and Simpson Manufacturing, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Valmont Industries 0 1 3 0 2.75
Simpson Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valmont Industries presently has a consensus price target of $165.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.93%. Given Valmont Industries’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Valmont Industries is more favorable than Simpson Manufacturing.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Valmont Industries and Simpson Manufacturing’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Valmont Industries $2.64 billion 1.25 $344.67 million $8.07 18.16
Simpson Manufacturing $914.03 million 2.38 $171.24 million $2.05 22.49

Valmont Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Simpson Manufacturing. Valmont Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Simpson Manufacturing, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Valmont Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Simpson Manufacturing pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Valmont Industries pays out 18.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Simpson Manufacturing pays out 41.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Valmont Industries has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.0% of Valmont Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.8% of Simpson Manufacturing shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Valmont Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Simpson Manufacturing shares are owned 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.

Risk & Volatility

Valmont Industries has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Simpson Manufacturing has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Valmont Industries and Simpson Manufacturing’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Valmont Industries 6.94% 14.89% 6.29%
Simpson Manufacturing 10.78% 10.26% 8.96%

Summary

Valmont Industries beats Simpson Manufacturing on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Valmont Industries

Valmont Industries, Inc. is a producer of fabricated metal products, and steel, aluminum and composite pole, tower and other structures, and mechanized irrigation systems. The Company’s segments are Engineered Support Structures (ESS); Utility Support Structures; Energy and Mining; Coatings; Irrigation, and Other. The ESS segment manufactures steel, aluminum, and composite poles and structures. The Utility Support Structures Segment manufactures steel and concrete pole structures for electrical transmission, substation and distribution applications. The Energy and Mining Segment produces access systems, which are engineered structures and components that allow people to move safely in an industrial, infrastructure or commercial facility. The Coatings Segment consists of galvanizing, anodizing and powder coating services on a global basis. The Irrigation Segment manufactures and distributes mechanical irrigation equipment and related service parts under the Valley brand name.

About Simpson Manufacturing

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. (SST), designs, engineers and manufactures wood construction products, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and pre-fabricated lateral systems used in light-frame construction. The Company’s segments are North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and Administrative & All Other. The North America segment includes operations primarily in the United States and Canada. The Europe segment includes operations primarily in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The Asia/Pacific segment includes operations primarily in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The Company manufactures concrete construction products used for concrete, masonry, steel construction and for concrete repair, protection and strengthening, including adhesives, chemicals and mechanical anchors.

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