Building Products & Materials Group Overview


Harris Williams is pleased to present our Building Products and Materials Industry Update for August 2019.  This report provides commentary and analysis on current capital market trends and merger and acquisition dynamics within the global building products and materials industry. 

We hope you find this edition helpful and encourage you to contact us directly if you would like to discuss our perspective on current industry trends and M&A opportunities or our relevant industry experience.

Our Practice

Harris Williams is a leading advisor to the building products and materials industry. Our significant experience covers a broad range of end markets, industries, and business models.

Building Products

  • Building Envelope
  • Cabinets and Countertops
  • Decking and Siding
  • Drywall and Ceiling Tiles
  • Flooring
  • HVAC and Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Lumber
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • PVF and Water Management
  • Roofing
  • Tools and Hardware
  • Windows and Doors

Distribution & Services

  • Architectural and Engineering
  • Contracting
  • Distribution
  • Infrastructure Services
  • Installation
  • Site Development

Construction Materials

  • Aggregates
  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Concrete (Precast / Ready-Mix)
  • Glass
  • Industrial Minerals
  • Metals
  • Stone

Building Products


Distribution & Services


Construction Materials


What We’re Reading

Construction Contractors Remain Confident as Summer Begins1

Associated Builders & Contractors  7/18/2019

"U.S. construction industry leaders remained upbeat regarding nonresidential construction’s near-term prospects in May 2019, according to the Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

While contractors were slightly less upbeat regarding profit margins and staffing levels compared to April, all three principal components measured by the survey—sales, profit margins and staffing levels—remain well above the diffusion index threshold of 50 in May. Nearly 73% of contractors expect sales to rise during the next six months and 68% expect staffing levels to increase further."

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U.S. Home Sales Stumble, as Pricey West Coast Markets Suffer Declines2

Wall Street Journal  7/23/2019

"U.S. home sales slumped in June as home prices for major West Coast cities declined for the first time since 2012, ending the spring selling season with a thud. Real-estate agents said lower asking prices could eventually attract more buyers, but home values in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle have roughly doubled over the past seven years. That means prices may have to retreat further before buyers do more than look, economists said.

Existing-home sales fell 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.27 million, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. Sales declined 2.2% compared with a year earlier, marking the 16th consecutive month of annual declines in sales."

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U.S. Housing Starts Fell in June on Fewer Multifamily Units3

Bloomberg  7/16/2019

"U.S. new-home construction fell in June for a second month as a drop in apartment building outweighed a pickup in single-family projects.

Residential starts declined 0.9% to a 1.25 million annualized rate, the slowest in three months, according to government figures released Wednesday. Permits, a proxy for future construction, dropped 6.1% to a 1.22 million rate, also reflecting a slump in applications to build multifamily units."

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The Offsite Tipping Point: What's Holding Builders Back?4

LBM Journal  7/16/2019

"Construction input prices decreased 1.3% on both a monthly and yearly basis in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data. This is the first time in nearly three years that input prices have fallen on a year-over-year basis, ABC says.

Overall, nonresidential construction input prices declined 1.4% from May 2019 but are down just 0.8% from June 2018. Among the 11 sub-categories, only natural gas (+1.6%) and concrete products (+0.9%) prices increased compared to May 2019. On a yearly basis, three of the sub-category prices have declined by more than 20%, including softwood lumber (-23.1%), crude petroleum (-22.2%) and natural gas (-22.3%)."

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Housing Starts Relatively Flat Off of Strength in Multifamily Sector5

NAHB  7/16/2019

"Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose one point to 65 in July, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This marks the sixth consecutive month that sentiment levels have held at a steady range in the low- to mid-60s.

'Builders report solid demand for single-family homes. However, they continue to grapple with labor shortages, a dearth of buildable lots and rising construction costs that are making it increasingly challenging to build homes at affordable price points relative to buyer incomes,' said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn."

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Public Markets6


Public Comparables6

Building Products

As of July 31, 2019


Building Products Distributors

As of July 31, 2019


Construction Materials

As of July 31, 2019


Relevant Transactions7




Representative Building Products & Materials Transactions


1. Associated Builders & Contractors

2. Wall Street Journal

3. Bloomberg

4. LBM Journal


6. FactSet

7. Mergermarket


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