Head to Head Contrast: JELD-WEN (JELD) vs. Argan (AGX)

JELD-WEN (NYSE: JELD) and Argan (NYSE:AGX) are both construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

JELD-WEN has a beta of 2.76, indicating that its share price is 176% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argan has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for JELD-WEN and Argan, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JELD-WEN 0 8 6 0 2.43
Argan 0 1 1 0 2.50

JELD-WEN currently has a consensus price target of $38.38, indicating a potential upside of 25.36%. Argan has a consensus price target of $56.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.38%. Given Argan’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Argan is more favorable than JELD-WEN.


Argan pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. JELD-WEN does not pay a dividend.


This table compares JELD-WEN and Argan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JELD-WEN 0.29% 18.76% 5.29%
Argan 9.18% 26.24% 12.66%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares JELD-WEN and Argan’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JELD-WEN $3.76 billion 0.87 $10.79 million $1.48 20.69
Argan $675.05 million 0.99 $70.32 million N/A N/A

Argan has lower revenue, but higher earnings than JELD-WEN.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.6% of JELD-WEN shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.8% of Argan shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of JELD-WEN shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of Argan shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Argan beats JELD-WEN on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.


JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. manufactures and sells doors and windows primarily in North America, Europe, and Australasia. The company offers a line of residential interior and exterior door products, including patio doors, and folding or sliding wall systems; non-residential doors; and wood, vinyl, and aluminum windows. It also provides other ancillary products and services, such as shower enclosures and wardrobes, moldings, trim boards, lumber, cutstocks, glass, staircases, hardware and locks, cabinets, and screens, as well as molded door skins, and miscellaneous installation and other services. The company markets its products under the JELD-WEN brand; and various regional brands, such as Swedoor, DANA, Corinthian, Stegbar, and Trend. Its customers include wholesale distributors and retailers, as well as individual contractors and consumers. The company was founded in 1960 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Argan

Argan, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, development, technical, and consulting services to the power generation and renewable energy markets. The company's Power Industry Services segment offers engineering, procurement, and construction contracting services to the owners of alternative energy facilities, such as biomass plants, wind farms, and solar fields; and design, construction, start-up, and operation services for approximately 76 facilities with approximately 14,500 megawatts of power-generating capacity. This segment serves independent power project owners, public utilities, power plant equipment suppliers, and global energy plant construction firms. Its Industrial Fabrication and Field Services segment provides industrial steel fabrication and construction services to light and heavy industrial organizations that comprise forest products, mining, and large fertilizer companies in the southern United States. The company's Telecommunications Infrastructure Services segment offers outside plant cabling services, including trench-less directional boring and excavation for underground communication and power networks, as well as aerial cabling services; and installs buried cable, high and low voltage electric lines, and private area outdoor lighting systems. It also offers inside premises wiring services consisting of structuring, cabling, terminations, and connectivity that provide the physical transport for high speed data, voice, video, and security networks. This segment serves state and local government agencies, regional communications service providers, electric utilities, other commercial customers, and federal government facilities, including cleared facilities in the mid-Atlantic region. Argan, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.

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