Head-To-Head Review: Armstrong World Industries (AWI) versus Its Rivals

Armstrong World Industries (NYSE: AWI) is one of 82 public companies in the “BUILDING PRODS” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Armstrong World Industries to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Armstrong World Industries and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Armstrong World Industries $893.60 million $154.80 million 19.97
Armstrong World Industries Competitors $3.38 billion $212.39 million -1.35

Armstrong World Industries’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Armstrong World Industries. Armstrong World Industries is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.5% of shares of all “BUILDING PRODS” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Armstrong World Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of shares of all “BUILDING PRODS” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Armstrong World Industries and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Armstrong World Industries 12.77% 41.95% 7.84%
Armstrong World Industries Competitors 5.13% 38.41% 5.14%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Armstrong World Industries and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Armstrong World Industries 1 5 4 0 2.30
Armstrong World Industries Competitors 422 1953 2232 97 2.43

Armstrong World Industries presently has a consensus price target of $57.13, suggesting a potential downside of 0.65%. As a group, “BUILDING PRODS” companies have a potential upside of 11.80%. Given Armstrong World Industries’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Armstrong World Industries has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Armstrong World Industries has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Armstrong World Industries’ competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Armstrong World Industries competitors beat Armstrong World Industries on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI) is a global producer of ceiling systems. The Company owns and operates the Building Products (Ceilings) segment. The Company designs, manufactures and sells ceiling systems (primarily mineral fiber, fiberglass wool and metal) around the world. Its products are used in commercial and institutional buildings. Its geographical segments include Americas (including Canada); Europe, Middle East and Africa (including Russia) (EMEA), and Pacific Rim. As of December 31, 2016, it had 15 manufacturing plants in eight countries, including six plants located throughout the United States. Its Americas segment sells products for use in single and multi-family housing. It sells commercial products to building materials distributors re-selling its products to contractors, subcontractors’ alliances, architect and design firms, and facility owners. Residential ceiling products are sold in the Americas primarily to wholesalers and retailers.

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