Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) vs. Aspen Aerogels (ASPN) Head-To-Head Comparison

Beacon Roofing Supply (NASDAQ: BECN) and Aspen Aerogels (NYSE:ASPN) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.


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This table compares Beacon Roofing Supply and Aspen Aerogels’ 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%
Aspen Aerogels -17.31% -18.70% -15.83%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Beacon Roofing Supply and Aspen Aerogels, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Beacon Roofing Supply 0 3 7 0 2.70
Aspen Aerogels 0 1 0 0 2.00

Beacon Roofing Supply presently has a consensus price target of $59.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.44%. Aspen Aerogels has a consensus price target of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 13.64%. Given Aspen Aerogels’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aspen Aerogels is more favorable than Beacon Roofing Supply.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.9% of Aspen Aerogels shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Beacon Roofing Supply shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of Aspen Aerogels shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Beacon Roofing Supply and Aspen Aerogels’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Beacon Roofing Supply $4.38 billion 0.83 $100.86 million $2.18 24.49
Aspen Aerogels $111.63 million 0.89 -$19.32 million ($0.83) -5.04

Beacon Roofing Supply has higher revenue and earnings than Aspen Aerogels. Aspen Aerogels is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Beacon Roofing Supply, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Beacon Roofing Supply has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Aerogels has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Beacon Roofing Supply beats Aspen Aerogels on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Aspen Aerogels Company Profile

Aspen Aerogels, Inc. is an energy technology company that designs, develops and manufactures aerogel insulation used primarily in energy infrastructure facilities. The Company also performs contract research services for various federal and non-federal government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and other institutions. Its product lines include Pyrogel and Cryogel. The Company provides Pyrogel XT/XT-E that reduces the risk of corrosion under insulation in high temperature operating systems; Pyrogel XTF, which provides protection against fire; Cryogel Z, which is designed for sub-ambient and cryogenic applications in the energy infrastructure market, and Spaceloft Subsea, which is used in pipe-in-pipe applications in offshore oil production. It also offers Spaceloft for use in building and construction market, and Cryogel X201, which is used in cold system designs consisting of refrigerated appliances, cold storage equipment and aerospace systems.

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