Ardagh Group S.A. (NYSE: ARD) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Ardagh Group S.A. to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ardagh Group S.A. and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Ardagh Group S.A. $6.67 billion -$57.85 million 197.80
Ardagh Group S.A. Competitors $4.37 billion $175.49 million 144.81

Ardagh Group S.A. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Ardagh Group S.A. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Ardagh Group S.A. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ardagh Group S.A. N/A N/A N/A
Ardagh Group S.A. Competitors 2.62% 22.80% 3.99%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Ardagh Group S.A. and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ardagh Group S.A. 0 3 6 0 2.67
Ardagh Group S.A. Competitors 78 589 398 6 2.31

Ardagh Group S.A. currently has a consensus price target of $24.39, indicating a potential upside of 23.30%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 4.20%. Given Ardagh Group S.A.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ardagh Group S.A. is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.8% of Ardagh Group S.A. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.5% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Ardagh Group S.A. pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Ardagh Group S.A. pays out 560.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 53.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Ardagh Group S.A. peers beat Ardagh Group S.A. on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Ardagh Group S.A. Company Profile

Ardagh Group SA, formerly Ardagh Finance Holdings SA, is a Luxembourg-based company engaged in the packing industry. The Company focuses on the design and manufacture of rigid packaging solutions mainly for food and beverage markets. Its activities are divided into two business segments: Metal packing, which supplies aluminum and steel beverage cans, two-piece aluminum, two-piece tinplate and three-piece tinplate food and specialty cans, as well as a range of can ends, among others, and Glass packing, which delivers glass containers, bottles and jars, among others. Its products are distributed in customized sizes and shapes, as well as are decorated with printed graphics. The Company operates in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

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