Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX) and Universal Forest Products (NASDAQ:UFPI) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Universal Forest Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 11.72% 20.27% 12.44%
Universal Forest Products 2.85% 12.05% 7.61%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Universal Forest Products’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation $2.23 billion 1.72 $149.80 million $2.07 12.80
Universal Forest Products $3.24 billion 0.69 $101.17 million $5.33 20.68

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Universal Forest Products. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Universal Forest Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Universal Forest Products pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation does not pay a dividend. Universal Forest Products pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Forest Products has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its stock price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.4% of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.7% of Universal Forest Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Universal Forest Products shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Universal Forest Products, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 2 5 2 0 2.00
Universal Forest Products 0 1 1 0 2.50

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.43%. Universal Forest Products has a consensus target price of $110.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.18%. Given Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is more favorable than Universal Forest Products.

Summary

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation beats Universal Forest Products on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Company Profile

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a manufacturer of building products. The Company’s products are used in home construction, repair and remodeling, and outdoor structures. The Company operates in four segments, which include North America Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Siding, Engineered Wood Products (EWP) and South America. The OSB segment manufactures and distributes OSB structural panel products. The Siding segment offers two categories of products, which include SmartSide siding products and related accessories, and CanExel siding and accessories and other related products. The Engineered Wood Products (EWP) segment manufactures and distributes laminated veneer lumber, I-Joists, laminated strand lumber and other related products. The South American segment manufactures and distributes OSB and siding products in South America and certain export markets. Its engineered I-joists are used in residential and commercial flooring, and roofing systems and other structural applications.

Universal Forest Products Company Profile

Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, supplies wood, wood composite and other products to three primary markets, such as retail, construction and industrial. Its segments include North, South, West, Alternative Materials, International, idX Holdings, Inc. (idX) and Corporate divisions. idX is a designer, manufacturer and installer of in-store environments. It designs, manufactures and markets wood and wood-alternative products for national home centers and other retailers; structural lumber and other products for the manufactured housing industry; engineered wood components for residential and commercial construction; specialty wood packaging, components and packing materials for various industries, and customized interior fixtures used in a range of retail stores, commercial and other structures. Its customers comprising retail market are national home center retailers and retail-oriented regional lumberyards, among others.

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