TriMas Corp (NYSE: TRS) and Silgan Holdings (NASDAQ:SLGN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.3% of Silgan Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 33.1% of Silgan Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TriMas Corp and Silgan Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriMas Corp $790.97 million 1.20 $107.33 million N/A N/A
Silgan Holdings $3.63 billion 0.97 $476.83 million $1.26 25.29

Silgan Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than TriMas Corp.


This table compares TriMas Corp and Silgan Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TriMas Corp 3.50% 5.55% 2.66%
Silgan Holdings 4.14% 28.84% 5.00%


Silgan Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. TriMas Corp does not pay a dividend. Silgan Holdings pays out 28.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TriMas Corp has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for TriMas Corp and Silgan Holdings, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriMas Corp 0 3 1 0 2.25
Silgan Holdings 0 6 2 0 2.25

TriMas Corp presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.31%. Silgan Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.35%. Given TriMas Corp’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TriMas Corp is more favorable than Silgan Holdings.


Silgan Holdings beats TriMas Corp on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

TriMas Corp 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.

Silgan Holdings Company Profile

Silgan Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of rigid packaging for consumer goods products. The Company operates in three business segments: metal containers, closures and plastic containers. Its metal container segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food and general line products. Its closures segment manufactures and sells metal, composite and plastic closures for food and beverage products. Its plastic containers segment manufactures and sells custom designed plastic containers and closures for personal care, food, healthcare, pharmaceutical, household and industrial chemical, pet care, agricultural, automotive and marine chemical products. The Company is a manufacturer of metal containers in North America and Europe. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s products were used for a range of end markets and it operated 87 manufacturing plants in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

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