Reviewing Simpson Manufacturing (NYSE:SSD) & Its Competitors

Simpson Manufacturing (NYSE: SSD) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Simpson Manufacturing to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.6% of Simpson Manufacturing shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.8% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Simpson Manufacturing shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Simpson Manufacturing pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Simpson Manufacturing pays out 41.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 32.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Simpson Manufacturing has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Simpson Manufacturing has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Simpson Manufacturing’s peers have a beta of 1.46, meaning that their average share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Simpson Manufacturing and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Simpson Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 N/A
Simpson Manufacturing Competitors 59 435 747 15 2.57

As a group, “Construction Supplies & Fixtures” companies have a potential upside of 13.84%. Given Simpson Manufacturing’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Simpson Manufacturing has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Simpson Manufacturing and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Simpson Manufacturing 10.78% 10.26% 8.96%
Simpson Manufacturing Competitors -22.33% 906.93% 5.67%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Simpson Manufacturing and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Simpson Manufacturing $914.03 million $171.24 million 24.27
Simpson Manufacturing Competitors $2.61 billion $332.50 million 27.25

Simpson Manufacturing’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Simpson Manufacturing. Simpson Manufacturing is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Simpson Manufacturing peers beat Simpson Manufacturing on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Simpson Manufacturing Company Profile

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. (SST), designs, engineers and manufactures wood construction products, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and pre-fabricated lateral systems used in light-frame construction. The Company’s segments are North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and Administrative & All Other. The North America segment includes operations primarily in the United States and Canada. The Europe segment includes operations primarily in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The Asia/Pacific segment includes operations primarily in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The Company manufactures concrete construction products used for concrete, masonry, steel construction and for concrete repair, protection and strengthening, including adhesives, chemicals and mechanical anchors.

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