Continental Building Products (NYSE: CBPX) and Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ:APOG) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Continental Building Products and Apogee Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Continental Building Products 9.16% 15.45% 7.55%
Apogee Enterprises 6.57% 17.89% 10.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Continental Building Products and Apogee Enterprises, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Continental Building Products 0 2 2 0 2.50
Apogee Enterprises 0 0 3 0 3.00

Continental Building Products currently has a consensus price target of $27.67, indicating a potential upside of 5.60%. Apogee Enterprises has a consensus price target of $63.33, indicating a potential upside of 29.62%. Given Apogee Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Apogee Enterprises is more favorable than Continental Building Products.

Dividends

Apogee Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Continental Building Products does not pay a dividend. Apogee Enterprises pays out 20.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Continental Building Products and Apogee Enterprises’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Continental Building Products $474.02 million 2.12 $131.29 million $1.09 24.04
Apogee Enterprises $1.20 billion 1.17 $159.52 million $2.74 17.83

Apogee Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than Continental Building Products. Apogee Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Continental Building Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Continental Building Products has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apogee Enterprises has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Apogee Enterprises beats Continental Building Products on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Continental Building Products Company Profile

Continental Building Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products. The Company operates through wallboard segment. Gypsum wallboard is a primary building material used in residential and commercial construction and in repair and remodel (R&R). It offers customers a range of gypsum wallboard products, including LiftLite, its lightweight product designed to lift and install; its Mold Defense line of products designed for protection against mold and mildew, and its Weather Defense line of moisture and mold-resistant exterior sheathing. The Company also operates a finishing products business that manufactures a line of joint compounds at its plant in Silver Grove (Kentucky) and its joint compound plant in Chambly (Quebec). The Company manufactures gypsum wallboard related products for commercial and residential buildings and houses. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are concentrated in the eastern United States and eastern Canada.

Apogee Enterprises Company Profile

Apogee Enterprises, Inc. is engaged in the design and development of glass solutions for enclosing commercial buildings and framing art. The Company operates through four segments: Architectural Glass, Architectural Services, Architectural Framing Systems and Large-Scale Optical Technologies (LSO). The Architectural Glass segment fabricates coated glass used in customized window and wall systems. The Architectural Services segment designs, engineers, fabricates and installs the walls of glass, windows and other curtainwall products making up the outside skin of commercial and institutional buildings. The Architectural Framing Systems segment designs, engineers, fabricates and finishes the aluminum frames used in customized aluminum and glass window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. The Large-Scale Optical Technologies segment manufactures glass and acrylic products for the custom picture framing and fine art markets.

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