Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ:RGSE) & Masonite International Corporation (DOOR) Financial Review

Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) and Masonite International Corporation (NYSE:DOOR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Real Goods Solar and Masonite International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Real Goods Solar -184.38% -233.16% -88.89%
Masonite International Corporation 4.95% 14.01% 6.36%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Real Goods Solar and Masonite International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Real Goods Solar 0 0 0 0 N/A
Masonite International Corporation 0 2 6 0 2.75

Masonite International Corporation has a consensus price target of $75.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.97%. Given Masonite International Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Masonite International Corporation is more favorable than Real Goods Solar.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.1% of Real Goods Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.9% of Masonite International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Real Goods Solar shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Masonite International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Real Goods Solar has a beta of 2.03, suggesting that its share price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Masonite International Corporation has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Real Goods Solar and Masonite International Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Real Goods Solar $14.24 million 0.37 -$12.00 million ($334.75) 0.00
Masonite International Corporation $1.98 billion 0.90 $225.38 million $3.19 18.97

Masonite International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Real Goods Solar. Real Goods Solar is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Masonite International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Masonite International Corporation beats Real Goods Solar on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Real Goods Solar

Real Goods Solar, Inc. is a residential and commercial solar energy engineering, procurement, and construction company. The Company offers turnkey services, including design, procurement, permitting, build-out, grid connection, financing referrals and warranty and customer satisfaction activities. Its solar energy systems use solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. The Company operates in three segments: Residential – the installation of solar systems for homeowners, including lease financing thereof, and for small businesses (small commercial) in the continental United States; Sunetric – the installation of solar systems for both homeowners and small business owners (small commercial) in Hawaii, and Other – retail store and corporate operations.

About Masonite International Corporation

Masonite International Corporation is designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling, and the non-residential building construction markets. The Company principally operates in North America; Europe, Asia and Latin America, and Africa. The Company markets and sells its products to remodeling contractors, builders, homeowners, retailers, dealers, lumberyards, commercial and general contractors and architects through wholesale and retail distribution channels. Its portfolio of brands includes Masonite, Marshfield, Premdor, Mohawk, Megantic, Algoma, Baillargeon, Birchwood Best and Lemieux. In February 2014, Masonite International Corporation completed the acquisition of Door-Stop International Limited.

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