Foundation Building Materials (NYSE: FBM) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Foundation Building Materials to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.9% of Foundation Building Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Foundation Building Materials 0 2 7 0 2.78
Foundation Building Materials Competitors 62 463 776 15 2.57

Foundation Building Materials presently has a consensus target price of $18.43, suggesting a potential upside of 29.51%. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies have a potential upside of 18.30%. Given Foundation Building Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Foundation Building Materials is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Foundation Building Materials -0.11% -2.98% -0.68%
Foundation Building Materials Competitors -25.35% -335.41% 4.93%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Foundation Building Materials and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Foundation Building Materials $1.39 billion -$28.37 million -109.46
Foundation Building Materials Competitors $3.79 billion $240.65 million 370.32

Foundation Building Materials’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Foundation Building Materials. Foundation Building Materials is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Foundation Building Materials beats its competitors on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

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.

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