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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for TriMas and Crown, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriMas 0 3 1 0 2.25
Crown 0 5 5 0 2.50

TriMas presently has a consensus target price of $25.25, suggesting a potential downside of 1.75%. Crown has a consensus target price of $63.89, suggesting a potential upside of 7.36%. Given Crown’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crown is more favorable than TriMas.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.6% of TriMas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.1% of Crown shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of TriMas shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Crown shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares TriMas and Crown’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%
Crown 5.64% 60.44% 5.37%

Volatility & Risk

TriMas has a beta of 2.06, meaning that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crown has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriMas $794.02 million 1.48 -$39.80 million ($0.72) -35.69
Crown $8.28 billion 0.96 $496.00 million $3.50 17.00

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

Summary

Crown beats TriMas on 9 of the 14 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.

Crown Company Profile

Crown Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of packaging products for consumer goods. The Company’s business is organized within three divisions: Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Within each division, the Company is organized along product lines. The Company’s segments within the Americas Division are Americas Beverage and North America Food. The Company’s segments within the European Division are European Beverage and European Food. The Company’s Asia Pacific Division segment consists of its beverage and non-beverage can operations. The Company is also engaged in European aerosol and specialty packaging business, its North American aerosol can business, and its tooling and equipment operations in the Unites States and the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 146 plants along with sales and service facilities throughout 36 countries. It also has three canmaking and spare part operations in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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