Boise Cascade (BCC) versus Aspen Aerogels (NYSE:ASPN) Critical Survey

Aspen Aerogels (NYSE: ASPN) and Boise Cascade (NYSE:BCC) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Aspen Aerogels and Boise Cascade, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Aerogels 0 1 0 0 2.00
Boise Cascade 0 5 1 0 2.17

Aspen Aerogels currently has a consensus target price of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 8.45%. Boise Cascade has a consensus target price of $40.25, indicating a potential downside of 5.41%. Given Aspen Aerogels’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Aspen Aerogels is more favorable than Boise Cascade.

Volatility & Risk

Aspen Aerogels has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Boise Cascade has a beta of 1.98, indicating that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Aspen Aerogels and Boise Cascade’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Aerogels -17.31% -18.70% -15.83%
Boise Cascade 1.87% 11.85% 4.72%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aspen Aerogels and Boise Cascade’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Aerogels $111.63 million 0.93 -$19.32 million ($0.83) -5.28
Boise Cascade $4.43 billion 0.37 $82.95 million $1.91 22.28

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


Boise Cascade pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Aspen Aerogels does not pay a dividend. Boise Cascade pays out 14.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.9% of Aspen Aerogels shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of Boise Cascade shares are held by institutional investors. 16.8% of Aspen Aerogels shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Boise Cascade shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Boise Cascade beats Aspen Aerogels on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aspen Aerogels

Aspen Aerogels, Inc., an aerogel technology company, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells aerogel insulation products primarily for use in the energy infrastructure and building materials markets worldwide. The company provides Pyrogel XT-E that reduces the risk of corrosion under insulation in energy infrastructure operating systems; Pyrogel HPS for applications within the power generation market with operating temperatures greater than 400 C; Pyrogel XTF to provide strong protection against fire; Cryogel Z for sub-ambient and cryogenic applications in the energy infrastructure market; and Spaceloft Subsea for use in pipe-in-pipe applications in offshore oil production. It also offers Spaceloft Grey for use in the building materials market; and Cryogel X201, which is used in designing cold systems, such as refrigerated appliances, cold storage equipment, and aerospace systems. In addition, the company provides contract research services for the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and other institutions. Aspen Aerogels, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Northborough, Massachusetts.

About Boise Cascade

Boise Cascade Company manufactures wood products and distributes building materials in the United States and Canada. It operates in two segments, Wood Products and Building Materials Distribution. The Wood Products segment manufactures laminated veneer lumber and laminated beams used in headers and beams; I-joists for residential and commercial flooring and roofing systems, and other structural applications; structural, appearance, and industrial plywood panels; and ponderosa pine lumber, studs, and particleboards. This segment's products are used in new residential construction, residential repair-and-remodeling projects, light commercial construction, and industrial applications. It sells its products to wholesalers, home improvement centers, retail lumberyards, and industrial converters. The Building Materials Distribution segment distributes a line of building materials, including engineered wood products, oriented strand boards, plywood, and lumber; and general line items, such as siding, metal products, insulation, roofing, and composite decking. Its products are used in the construction of new residential housing, including single-family, multi-family, and manufactured homes; the repair and remodeling of existing housing; the construction of light industrial and commercial buildings; and other industrial applications. This segment sells its products to retail lumberyards, home improvement centers, and specialty distributors. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

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