Financial Review: Summit Materials (SUM) vs. Its Competitors

Summit Materials (NYSE: SUM) is one of 82 publicly-traded companies in the “BUILDING PRODS” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Summit Materials to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Summit Materials and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Summit Materials 0 2 9 0 2.82
Summit Materials Competitors 425 1954 2234 97 2.43

Summit Materials currently has a consensus price target of $33.28, indicating a potential upside of 10.41%. As a group, “BUILDING PRODS” companies have a potential upside of 14.68%. Given Summit Materials’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Summit Materials has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Summit Materials and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Summit Materials $1.93 billion $125.80 million 28.69
Summit Materials Competitors $3.38 billion $212.39 million 2.73

Summit Materials’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Summit Materials. Summit Materials 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.

Profitability

This table compares Summit Materials and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Summit Materials 6.19% 11.51% 3.79%
Summit Materials Competitors 5.14% 38.42% 5.14%

Volatility and Risk

Summit Materials has a beta of 1.72, indicating that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Summit Materials’ competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.2% of shares of all “BUILDING PRODS” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Summit Materials shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “BUILDING PRODS” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Summit Materials competitors beat Summit Materials on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Summit Materials Company Profile

Summit Materials, Inc. is a construction materials company. The Company operates through three segments: West, East and Cement. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in 21 states in the United States and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s materials include aggregates, which it supplies across the United States, and in British Columbia, Canada, and cement, which it supplies along the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Within its markets, it offers construction materials and related downstream products through its vertical integration. In addition to supplying of aggregates to its customers, the Company also uses its materials internally to produce ready-mix concrete and asphalt paving mix. Its construction materials operations consists of aggregates production, including crushed stone and construction sand and gravel, cement and ready-mixed concrete production, and asphalt paving mix production.

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