Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. (NYSEAMERICAN:APT) and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. (NASDAQ:BECN) compete against each other in the General Building Materials sector. We will contrast them and contrast their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation, institutional ownership.

Table 1 highlights Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation. Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. has lower earnings, but higher revenue than Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. The business with a lower price-to-earnings ratio is presently more affordable of the two stocks. Alpha Pro Tech Ltd.’s current price-to-earnings ratio is lower than that of Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., which means that it is the affordable of the two.

Table 2 provides Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.’s net margins, return on assets and return on equity.

Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. has a 0.75 beta, while its volatility is 25.00%, thus making it less volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500. Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. has a 1.39 beta and it is 39.00% more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500.

Alpha Pro Tech Ltd.’s Current Ratio and Quick Ratio are 13.1 and 8 respectively. The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of its competitor Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. are 2.3 and 1.2 respectively. Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. therefore has a better chance of paying off short and long-term obligations compared to Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.

Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. Ratings and Recommendations are available on the next table.

Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. on the other hand boasts of a $37 average target price and a 13.25% potential upside.

The shares of both Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. are owned by institutional investors at 26.8% and 0% respectively. Alpha Pro Tech Ltd.’s share held by insiders are 0.2%. Insiders Comparatively, held 0.2% of Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. shares.

For the past year Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. had bearish trend while Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. had bullish trend.

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes residential and non-residential roofing materials, and other complementary building materials to contractors, home builders, retailers, and building materials suppliers. The companyÂ’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, water proofing, building insulation, and millwork products. In addition, it offers value-added services primarily, 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 September 30, 2016, the company operated through a network of 368 branches in 46 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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