Contrasting Ply Gem (PGEM) & Masonite International (DOOR)

Ply Gem (NYSE: PGEM) and Masonite International (NYSE:DOOR) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ply Gem and Masonite International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ply Gem 0 3 0 0 2.00
Masonite International 0 4 5 0 2.56

Ply Gem currently has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.00%. Masonite International has a consensus target price of $77.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.90%. Given Masonite International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Masonite International is more favorable than Ply Gem.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ply Gem and Masonite International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ply Gem $2.06 billion 0.72 $68.32 million $0.98 22.09
Masonite International $2.03 billion 0.85 $151.73 million $3.33 18.51

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.3% of Ply Gem shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of Masonite International shares are owned by institutional investors. 68.9% of Ply Gem shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Masonite International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ply Gem and Masonite International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ply Gem 3.32% 144.46% 5.17%
Masonite International 7.46% 14.53% 6.36%

Volatility and Risk

Ply Gem has a beta of 2.36, meaning that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Masonite International has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Masonite International beats Ply Gem on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ply Gem

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. manufactures and sells residential and commercial building products in the United States and Canada. It operates in two segments: Siding, Fencing, and Stone; and Windows and Doors. The Siding, Fencing, and Stone segment offers vinyl siding and skirting, steel siding, vinyl and aluminum soffit, aluminum trim and gutter coil, fabricated aluminum gutter, aluminum and steel roofing accessory, cellular polyvinyl chloride trim and moulding, J-channel, wide crown molding, window and door trim, F-channel, H-mold, fascia, undersill trim, outside/inside corner post, rain removal system, vinyl fence and railing, engineered slate and cedar shake roofing, and stone veneer products. It also provides injection molded designer accents, such as shakes, shingles, scallops, shutters, vents, and mounts. This segment sells its products to the new construction, and home repair and remodeling sectors primarily under the Variform, Napco, Mastic Home Exteriors, Mitten, Ply Gem/Cellwood, Durabuilt, Ply Gem Trim and Mouldings, Ply Gem, Canyon Stone and Ply Gem Stone, Ply Gem Roofing, Leaf Relief, Leaf Relief Snap Tight, Leaf Smart, and Leaf Logic brands; and the Georgia-Pacific brand through a private label program. The Windows and Doors segment offers vinyl, aluminum-clad vinyl, aluminum, wood, and clad-wood windows and patio doors; and steel, wood, and fiberglass entry doors for the new construction, and home repair and remodeling sectors under the Ply Gem Windows, Simonton Windows, Great Lakes Window, and Ply Gem Canada brands. It sells its products to the new residential and light commercial construction through independent building material dealers, regional/national lumberyard chains, builder direct/OEMs, and retail home centers; and independent home improvement dealers, one-step distributors, and big box retail outlets. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina. Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of CI Partnerships.

About Masonite International

Masonite International Corporation is designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling, and the non-residential building construction markets. The Company principally operates in North America; Europe, Asia and Latin America, and Africa. The Company markets and sells its products to remodeling contractors, builders, homeowners, retailers, dealers, lumberyards, commercial and general contractors and architects through wholesale and retail distribution channels. Its portfolio of brands includes Masonite, Marshfield, Premdor, Mohawk, Megantic, Algoma, Baillargeon, Birchwood Best and Lemieux. In February 2014, Masonite International Corporation completed the acquisition of Door-Stop International Limited.

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