Critical Review: Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) & Its Rivals

Beacon Roofing Supply (NASDAQ: BECN) is one of 191 public companies in the “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Beacon Roofing Supply to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares Beacon Roofing Supply and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Beacon Roofing Supply 3.29% 9.60% 4.21%
Beacon Roofing Supply Competitors -0.22% -205.53% 3.79%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Beacon Roofing Supply and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Beacon Roofing Supply 0 3 7 0 2.70
Beacon Roofing Supply Competitors 2098 11391 15173 587 2.49

Beacon Roofing Supply presently has a consensus target price of $59.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.99%. As a group, “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies have a potential upside of 3.84%. Given Beacon Roofing Supply’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Beacon Roofing Supply is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.7% of shares of all “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Beacon Roofing Supply shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Beacon Roofing Supply and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Beacon Roofing Supply $4.38 billion $100.86 million 23.51
Beacon Roofing Supply Competitors $8.90 billion $395.71 million -633.47

Beacon Roofing Supply’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Beacon Roofing Supply. Beacon Roofing Supply is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Beacon Roofing Supply has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Beacon Roofing Supply’s rivals have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Beacon Roofing Supply beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Beacon Roofing Supply Company Profile

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes residential and commercial roofing materials, and other complementary building materials to contractors, home builders, retailers, and building materials suppliers. The company's residential roofing products include asphalt shingles, synthetic slates and tiles, clay and concrete tiles, slates, nail base insulations, metal roofing, felts, synthetic underlayment, wood shingles and shakes, nails and fasteners, metal edgings and flashings, prefabricated flashings, ridges and soffit vents, and other accessories. Its non-residential roofing products comprise single-ply roofing, asphalt, metal, modified bitumen, and build-up roofing products; cements and coatings; flat stock and tapered insulations; commercial fasteners; metal edges and flashings; smoke/roof hatches; roofing tools; sheet metal products, including copper, aluminum, and steel; and PVC, thermoplastic olefin, and ethylene propylene diene monomer membrane products. The company also provides complementary building products, such as vinyl, wood, and fiber cement sidings; and stone veneers, windows, doors, skylights, and gutters and downspouts, as well as decking and railing, sealants, air barriers, water proofing, building insulation, concrete restoration systems, and millwork products. In addition, it offers value-added services, including advice and assistance on product identification, specification, and technical support; job site delivery, rooftop loading, and logistical services; tapered insulation design and related layout services; metal fabrication and related metal roofing design and layout services; trade credit; and marketing support for contractors. As of November 20, 2017, the company operated through a network of 383 branches in 48 states of the United States and 6 provinces in Canada. Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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