TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) and Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

TriMas has a beta of 2.07, suggesting that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sealed Air Corporation has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares TriMas and Sealed Air Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TriMas -4.01% 12.18% 6.03%
Sealed Air Corporation 20.15% 67.60% 5.49%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.2% of TriMas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.4% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of TriMas shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Sealed Air Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. TriMas does not pay a dividend. Sealed Air Corporation pays out 61.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TriMas and Sealed Air Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriMas $794.02 million 1.50 -$39.80 million ($0.72) -36.18
Sealed Air Corporation $6.78 billion 1.54 $486.40 million $1.04 43.57

Sealed Air Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than TriMas. TriMas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sealed Air Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for TriMas and Sealed Air Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriMas 0 3 1 0 2.25
Sealed Air Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45

TriMas currently has a consensus target price of $25.25, suggesting a potential downside of 3.07%. Sealed Air Corporation has a consensus target price of $48.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.04%. Given Sealed Air Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sealed Air Corporation is more favorable than TriMas.

Summary

Sealed Air Corporation beats TriMas on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Sealed Air Corporation Company Profile

Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses), Product Care and Corporate. The Food Care segment focuses on providing a range of integrated system solutions. The Food Care business serves primarily perishable food and beverage processors, predominately in fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats, beverages, poultry and dairy (solids and liquids) markets throughout the world. The Product Care segment provides customers with a range of Product Care solutions to meet cushioning, void fill, surface protection, retail display, containment and dunnage needs.

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