Analyzing American Woodmark (AMWD) and Virco Mfg. (VIRC)

American Woodmark (NASDAQ: AMWD) and Virco Mfg. (NASDAQ:VIRC) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Woodmark 5.56% 17.54% 9.02%
Virco Mfg. 0.19% 0.58% 0.27%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Woodmark and Virco Mfg.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Woodmark $1.03 billion 1.74 $71.19 million $3.75 27.36
Virco Mfg. $173.42 million 0.39 $22.76 million $0.01 435.44

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.6% of American Woodmark shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.2% of Virco Mfg. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of American Woodmark shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of Virco Mfg. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Virco Mfg. pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. American Woodmark does not pay a dividend. Virco Mfg. pays out 600.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Woodmark and Virco Mfg., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Woodmark 0 1 2 0 2.67
Virco Mfg. 0 0 0 0 N/A

American Woodmark currently has a consensus target price of $142.00, indicating a potential upside of 38.40%. Virco Mfg. has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.93%. Given American Woodmark’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Woodmark is more favorable than Virco Mfg..

Volatility and Risk

American Woodmark has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Virco Mfg. has a beta of -0.07, suggesting that its share price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500.


American Woodmark beats Virco Mfg. on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American Woodmark

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.

About Virco Mfg.

Virco Mfg. Corporation (Virco) is engaged in the designing, producing and distributing of furniture for a range family of customers. The Company is a manufacturer and supplier of moveable educational furniture and equipment for the preschool through 12th grade market in the United States. It manufactures an assortment of products, including mobile tables, mobile storage equipment, desks, computer furniture, chairs, folding chairs and folding tables. Its primary furniture lines are constructed of tubular metal legs and frames, combined with wood and plastic tops, plastic seats and backs, upholstered seats and backs, and upholstered rigid polyethylene and polypropylene shells. Virco also has flat metal forming capabilities to enable the production of desks, returns, bookcases, filing cabinets, mobile pedestals and related items. Its ZUMA line includes cantilever chairs; tablet arm chairs with a fixed or articulating work surface and a compact footprint, and steel-frame rockers.

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