American Woodmark Corporation (AMWD) & Caesarstone (NASDAQ:CSTE) Financial Survey

Caesarstone (NASDAQ: CSTE) and American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Caesarstone and American Woodmark Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Caesarstone 11.21% 14.21% 10.66%
American Woodmark Corporation 6.91% 22.19% 14.56%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.5% of Caesarstone shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.2% of American Woodmark Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of American Woodmark Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Caesarstone and American Woodmark Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Caesarstone $564.61 million 1.81 $117.19 million $1.82 16.37
American Woodmark Corporation $1.03 billion 1.51 $123.52 million $4.34 22.04

American Woodmark Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Caesarstone. Caesarstone is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Woodmark Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Caesarstone and American Woodmark Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Caesarstone 0 3 1 0 2.25
American Woodmark Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Caesarstone currently has a consensus price target of $42.33, suggesting a potential upside of 42.06%. American Woodmark Corporation has a consensus price target of $88.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.00%. Given Caesarstone’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Caesarstone is more favorable than American Woodmark Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

Caesarstone has a beta of 2.08, suggesting that its share price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Woodmark Corporation has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

American Woodmark Corporation beats Caesarstone on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Caesarstone Company Profile

Caesarstone Ltd., formerly Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd., is a manufacturer of engineered quartz surfaces. The Company’s products consist of engineered quartz, which are installed as countertops in residential kitchens. Its products are primarily used as kitchen countertops in the renovation, remodeling and residential construction end markets. The other applications of its products include vanity tops, wall panels, back splashes, floor tiles, stairs, and other interior surfaces that are used in a range of residential and non-residential applications. Its product offerings include over four collections, such as Classico, Concetto, Motivo and Supernatural, which are marketed as specialty product collections. It sells its products under the Caesarstone brand. Its designs range from fine-grained patterns to coarse-grained color blends with a variegated visual texture. It offers over 70 different colors, with four textures and three thicknesses available for each of the collection’s colors.

American Woodmark Corporation Company Profile

American Woodmark Corporation manufactures and distributes kitchen cabinets and vanities for the remodeling and new home construction markets. The Company offers framed stock cabinets in approximately 500 different cabinet lines, ranging in price from relatively inexpensive to medium-priced styles. Styles vary by design and color from natural wood finishes to low-pressure laminate surfaces. The product offering of stock cabinets includes approximately 90 door designs in over 20 colors. Stock cabinets consist of cabinet interiors of varying dimensions and construction options, and a maple, oak, cherry, or hickory front frame, door and/or drawer front. The Company’s products are sold under the brand names of American Woodmark, Simply Woodmark, Timberlake, Shenandoah Cabinetry, Shenandoah Value Series and Waypoint Living Spaces. The Company’s primary raw materials used include hard maple, soft maple, oak, cherry, and hickory lumber and plywood.

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