Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE: MPSX) and Owens-Illinois (NYSE:OI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.7% of Owens-Illinois shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Owens-Illinois shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Owens-Illinois’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 2.69% 10.01% 2.48%
Owens-Illinois 2.84% 80.74% 4.17%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Owens-Illinois’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl N/A N/A N/A $0.12 150.01
Owens-Illinois $6.73 billion 0.57 $1.07 billion $1.16 20.21

Owens-Illinois has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl. Owens-Illinois is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Owens-Illinois, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0 4 1 0 2.20
Owens-Illinois 1 6 1 0 2.00

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.56%. Owens-Illinois has a consensus target price of $24.63, suggesting a potential upside of 5.06%. Given Owens-Illinois’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Owens-Illinois is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Risk & Volatility

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Owens-Illinois has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Owens-Illinois beats Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl Company Profile

Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited is a provider of specialty packaging solutions for the consumer, healthcare and multi-media markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s print-based specialty packaging solutions include premium folding cartons, inserts, labels and rigid packaging across a range of substrates and finishes, which are complemented by value-added services, including design, new product development and supply chain solutions. In addition, the Company provides supply chain services, such as vendor managed inventory (VMI), specific carton-by-carton scan ability and data, which enable the customer to track a product from manufacturer to end user. The Company’s packaging solutions utilize a range of substrates, including paper and paperboard, pressure sensitive labels, plastic and foil, and finishes, including ultra violet (UV) coatings, film lamination, stamping and embossing.

Owens-Illinois Company Profile

Owens-Illinois, Inc. is a manufacturer of glass container products. The Company’s principal product lines are glass containers for the food and beverage industries. The Company’s segments include Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The Company produces glass containers for alcoholic beverages, including beer, flavored malt beverages, spirits and wine. The Company also produces glass packaging for a range of food items, soft drinks, teas, juices and pharmaceuticals. The Company manufactures glass containers in a range of sizes, shapes and colors. The Company also provides engineering support for its glass manufacturing operations through facilities located in the United States, Australia, France, Poland, Colombia and Peru. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 79 glass manufacturing plants in 23 countries. The Company has a distribution facility used to import glass containers from its business in Mexico.

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