SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR (OTCMKTS:SMFKY) and Orocobre (OTCMKTS:OROCF) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR and Orocobre, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR 0 1 1 0 2.50
Orocobre 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orocobre has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Orocobre does not pay a dividend. SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR pays out 20.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Orocobre shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR and Orocobre’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR N/A N/A N/A
Orocobre N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR and Orocobre’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR $9.67 billion 0.65 $471.33 million $1.99 13.42
Orocobre $17.38 million 47.55 $1.92 million N/A N/A

SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Orocobre.

Summary

SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR beats Orocobre on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR

Smurfit Kappa Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, distributes, and sells paper-based packaging products. The company operates through Europe and the Americas segments. It offers containerboards, corrugated containers, and other paper-based packaging products, such as solid boards, graphic boards, and bag-in-box. The company's product portfolio includes containerboards, including brown kraftliners and testliners, recycled flutings, semi chemical flutings, and white top kraftliners and testliners; core boards, corrugated sheet boards, folding carton sheet boards, kraft papers, preprinted liners, printing and writing papers, sack kraft papers, and solid board sheets; and standard, food, consumer, industrial, postal, protective, and retail packaging products, as well as paper bags and sacks, and point of sale displays packaging products. It also provides recovered paper; pulp and seedlings; and packing machines, such as bag-in-box, corrugated and solid board, and folding carton machines. In addition, Smurfit Kappa Group plc operates as a finance company. The company serves food, beverage, and household consumables sectors. Smurfit Kappa Group plc was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

About Orocobre

Orocobre Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of lithium, potash, and boron deposits in Argentina. The company's flagship project is the Salar de Olaroz lithium project located in the Jujuy province of northern Argentina. It also produces minerals, refined products, and boric acid. In addition, the company owns 33.5% interest in Advantage Lithium Corp., which manages an 85,543 hectare portfolio of assets in Argentina, including the Cauchari joint venture; and a 100% interest in 5 other lithium properties. Orocobre Limited is based in Milton, Australia.

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