Reviewing Foundation Building Materials (FBM) & Aspen Aerogels (ASPN)

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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94.2% of Foundation Building Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.9% of Aspen Aerogels shares are held by institutional investors. 16.8% of Aspen Aerogels shares are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

Foundation Building Materials has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Aerogels has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Foundation Building Materials and Aspen Aerogels’ revenue, earnings per share 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 $0.30 48.67
Aspen Aerogels $111.63 million 0.89 -$19.32 million ($0.83) -5.04

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

Profitability

This table compares Foundation Building Materials and Aspen Aerogels’ 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%
Aspen Aerogels -17.31% -18.70% -15.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Foundation Building Materials and Aspen Aerogels, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Foundation Building Materials 0 1 4 1 3.00
Aspen Aerogels 0 1 0 0 2.00

Foundation Building Materials currently has a consensus target price of $17.67, suggesting a potential upside of 21.00%. Aspen Aerogels has a consensus target price of $4.75, suggesting a potential upside of 13.64%. Given Foundation Building Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Foundation Building Materials is more favorable than Aspen Aerogels.

Summary

Foundation Building Materials beats Aspen Aerogels on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Foundation Building Materials

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.

About Aspen Aerogels

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is an energy technology company that designs, develops and manufactures aerogel insulation used primarily in energy infrastructure facilities. The Company also performs contract research services for various federal and non-federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and other institutions. Its product lines include Pyrogel and Cryogel. The Company provides Pyrogel XT/XT-E that reduces the risk of corrosion under insulation in high temperature operating systems; Pyrogel XTF, which provides protection against fire; Cryogel Z, which is designed for sub-ambient and cryogenic applications in the energy infrastructure market, and Spaceloft Subsea, which is used in pipe-in-pipe applications in offshore oil production. It also offers Spaceloft for use in building and construction market, and Cryogel X201, which is used in cold system designs consisting of refrigerated appliances, cold storage equipment and aerospace systems.

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