Financial Survey: Quanex Building Products Corporation (NX) & The Competition

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Quanex Building Products Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Quanex Building Products Corporation $883.58 million $95.14 million 61.05
Quanex Building Products Corporation Competitors $2.61 billion $332.50 million 27.42

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

Risk and Volatility

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

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.8% of Quanex Building Products Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Quanex Building Products Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Quanex Building Products Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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 59 433 743 15 2.57

Quanex Building Products Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.45%. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies have a potential upside of 14.50%. Given Quanex Building Products Corporation’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quanex Building Products Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Quanex Building Products Corporation and its competitors’ 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 -22.33% 906.93% 5.67%

Summary

Quanex Building Products Corporation competitors beat Quanex Building Products Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Quanex Building Products Corporation

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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