Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) and Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sealed Air Corporation and Ardagh Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sealed Air Corporation $6.84 billion 1.23 $1.07 billion $1.93 22.88
Ardagh Group $9.27 billion 0.54 $1.59 billion N/A N/A

Ardagh Group has higher revenue and earnings than Sealed Air Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.1% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.9% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sealed Air Corporation and Ardagh Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sealed Air Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50

Sealed Air Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $47.90, suggesting a potential upside of 8.47%. Ardagh Group has a consensus target price of $24.31, suggesting a potential upside of 14.74%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Sealed Air Corporation.

Dividends

Sealed Air Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Sealed Air Corporation pays out 33.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sealed Air Corporation 6.81% 84.32% 5.88%
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Ardagh Group beats Sealed Air Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sealed Air Corporation

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.

About Ardagh Group

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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