Reviewing Pernix Group (PRXG) and Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS)

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Pernix Group (OTCMKTS:PRXG) and Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE:FBHS) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Pernix Group and Fortune Brands Home & Security, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pernix Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fortune Brands Home & Security 1 6 5 0 2.33

Fortune Brands Home & Security has a consensus target price of $61.36, indicating a potential upside of 36.70%. Given Fortune Brands Home & Security’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Fortune Brands Home & Security is more favorable than Pernix Group.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pernix Group and Fortune Brands Home & Security’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pernix Group $195.49 million 0.10 -$18.84 million N/A N/A
Fortune Brands Home & Security $5.28 billion 1.21 $472.60 million $3.08 14.57

Fortune Brands Home & Security has higher revenue and earnings than Pernix Group.

Profitability

This table compares Pernix Group and Fortune Brands Home & Security’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pernix Group N/A N/A N/A
Fortune Brands Home & Security 7.94% 20.95% 8.56%

Volatility and Risk

Pernix Group has a beta of -1.39, suggesting that its stock price is 239% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fortune Brands Home & Security has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Fortune Brands Home & Security pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Pernix Group does not pay a dividend. Fortune Brands Home & Security pays out 26.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fortune Brands Home & Security has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.4% of Fortune Brands Home & Security shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Pernix Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Fortune Brands Home & Security shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Fortune Brands Home & Security beats Pernix Group on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pernix Group

Pernix Group logo
Pernix Group logo

Pernix Group, Inc. provides construction and power services in the United States and internationally. The company's Construction segment offers pre-construction consulting, construction management, design build, and general contracting services to U.S. Department of State and other government clients, and private sector commercial clients. Its Power Services segment develops, constructs, operates, and maintains power production facilities. This segment provides engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance services for small to mid-size power plants; and builds, operates, and maintains power plants, transmission and distribution grids, and underground cable installation. Pernix Group, Inc. provides its services in a range of markets, including construction, construction management, power, and facility operations and maintenance services. The company was formerly known as Telesource International, Inc. and changed its name to Pernix Group, Inc. Pernix Group, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Lombard, Illinois.

About Fortune Brands Home & Security

Fortune Brands Home & Security logo
Fortune Brands Home & Security logo

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides home and security products for residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security applications. It operates in four segments: Cabinets, Plumbing, Doors, and Security. The Cabinets segment manufactures custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinetry, as well as vanities for the kitchen, bath, and other parts of the home directly to kitchen and bath dealers, home centers, wholesalers, and builders in North America. The Plumbing segment manufactures, assembles, and sells faucets, accessories, kitchen sinks, and waste disposals in the United States, Canada China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America directly through its own sales force, as well as through independent manufacturers' representatives primarily to wholesalers, home centers, mass merchandisers, and industrial distributors. The Doors segment manufactures and sells fiberglass and steel entry doors to home centers, millwork building products and wholesale distributors, and specialty dealers, as well as to the remodeling and renovation markets in the United States and Canada. The Security segment manufactures and sells key-controlled and combination padlocks, bicycle and cable locks, built-in locker locks, door hardware, automotive locks, trailer and towing locks, electronic access control solutions, and other specialty safety and security devices for consumer use to hardware, home center, and other retail outlets. It also offers lock systems and fire resistant safes to locksmiths, industrial and institutional users, and original equipment manufacturers. This segment sells its products in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, Japan, and Australia. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.

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