John Leonard, CFA
Special situations, micro-cap, contrarian, CFA

Quanex Building Products Is More Attractive After Selling Its Weaker Half

Company overview

Quanex Building Products (NYSE:NX) operated through the following two segments before the divestiture (see below):

The engineered products group (EPG) sells window and door components to original equipment manufacturers used primarily in residential remodeling and replacement (R&R) and new home construction.

The aluminum sheet products segment (Nichols) sells aluminum sheet used in the residential building and transportation markets.

The housing play isn't over - you just have to look somewhere else

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