Analyzing Foundation Building Materials (FBM) & Ply Gem (PGEM)

Foundation Building Materials (NYSE: FBM) and Ply Gem (NYSE:PGEM) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Foundation Building Materials and Ply Gem, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Foundation Building Materials 0 1 4 1 3.00
Ply Gem 0 3 0 0 2.00

Foundation Building Materials currently has a consensus target price of $17.67, indicating a potential upside of 22.09%. Ply Gem has a consensus target price of $21.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.78%. Given Foundation Building Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Foundation Building Materials is more favorable than Ply Gem.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.2% of Foundation Building Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.3% of Ply Gem shares are held by institutional investors. 68.9% of Ply Gem shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Foundation Building Materials and Ply Gem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Foundation Building Materials 4.00% 2.44% 0.58%
Ply Gem 3.32% 144.46% 5.17%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Foundation Building Materials and Ply Gem’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Foundation Building Materials $2.06 billion 0.30 $82.48 million $1.94 7.46
Ply Gem $2.06 billion 0.72 $68.32 million $0.99 21.82

Foundation Building Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Ply Gem. Foundation Building Materials is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ply Gem, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Foundation Building Materials beats Ply Gem on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Foundation Building Materials Company Profile

Foundation Building Materials, Inc. is a specialty distributor of wallboard and suspended ceiling systems in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments include Specialty Building Products and Mechanical Insulation. The Company fabricates and distributes its products for specialty contractors seeking to improve or maintain energy efficiency in a range of commercial and industrial buildings. It serves markets across the United States and in Canada. Specialty building products segment distributes wallboard and accessories, metal framing, suspended ceiling systems and other products. Other products include stucco and Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), as well as offerings, such as tools, safety accessories and fasteners. Its Mechanical insulation segment includes insulation solutions for pipes and mechanical systems and the primary end markets served are new non-residential construction, non- residential repair and remodel construction and industrial markets.

Ply Gem Company Profile

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. is a manufacturer of exterior building products in North America. The Company operates through two segments: Siding, Fencing, and Stone, and Windows and Doors. In the Siding, Fencing, and Stone segment, its principal products include vinyl siding and skirting, vinyl and aluminum soffit, aluminum trim coil, cellular PVC trim and moldings, J-channels, wide crown molding, window and door trim, F-channels, H-molds, fascia, undersill trims, outside/inside corner posts, rain removal systems, injection molded designer accents, such as shakes, shingles, scallops, shutters, vents and mounts, vinyl fence, vinyl railing and stone veneer in the United States and Canada. In the Windows and Doors segment, its principal products include vinyl, aluminum-clad vinyl, aluminum, wood and clad-wood windows and patio doors and steel, wood, and fiberglass entry doors that serve both the new construction and the home repair and remodeling sectors in the United States and Canada.

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