Ardagh Group (NYSE: ARD) and TriMas (NASDAQ:TRS) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. TriMas does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Ardagh Group and TriMas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A
TriMas -4.01% 12.18% 6.03%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ardagh Group and TriMas’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ardagh Group $6.67 billion 0.06 -$57.85 million N/A N/A
TriMas $794.02 million 1.47 -$39.80 million ($0.72) -35.42

TriMas has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ardagh Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.8% of Ardagh Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of TriMas shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of TriMas shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ardagh Group and TriMas, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ardagh Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
TriMas 0 3 1 0 2.25

Ardagh Group currently has a consensus price target of $24.39, indicating a potential upside of 23.30%. TriMas has a consensus price target of $25.25, indicating a potential downside of 0.98%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than TriMas.

Ardagh Group 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.

TriMas Company Profile

TriMas Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered products for commercial, industrial and consumer markets. The Company operates through four segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. The Packaging segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered closure and dispensing systems for a range of end markets, including steel and plastic industrial, and consumer packaging applications. The Aerospace segment is a designer and manufacturer of a range of products for use in the aerospace industry. The Energy segment is a manufacturer and distributor of metallic and non-metallic gaskets, bolts, industrial fasteners and specialty products for the petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil field and industrial markets. The Engineered Components segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-pressure and acetylene cylinders for the transportation, storage and dispensing of compressed gases.

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