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

Dividends

Bemis pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. TriMas does not pay a dividend. Bemis pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TriMas has raised its dividend for 33 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares TriMas and Bemis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TriMas -4.01% 12.18% 6.03%
Bemis 4.84% 17.83% 5.94%

Risk and Volatility

TriMas has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its stock price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bemis has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for TriMas and Bemis, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriMas 0 3 1 0 2.25
Bemis 1 8 2 0 2.09

TriMas presently has a consensus price target of $25.25, indicating a potential downside of 3.63%. Bemis has a consensus price target of $47.89, indicating a potential upside of 1.93%. Given Bemis’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bemis is more favorable than TriMas.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TriMas and Bemis’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriMas $794.02 million 1.51 -$39.80 million ($0.72) -36.39
Bemis $4.00 billion 1.07 $236.20 million $2.10 22.37

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.7% of TriMas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.9% of Bemis shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of TriMas shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Bemis shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Bemis beats TriMas on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TriMas

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.

About Bemis

Bemis Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of packaging products. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. Packaging and Global Packaging. The U.S. Packaging segment represents all food, consumer, and industrial products packaging-related manufacturing operations located in the United States. The Global Packaging segment includes all packaging-related manufacturing operations located outside of the United States, as well as global medical device and pharmaceutical packaging-related manufacturing operations. This segment manufactures multilayer polymer, blown and cast film structures to produce packaging sold for a range of food, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, and industrial applications. Its products are sold to customers in the food industry. The Company’s other customers include companies in various types of businesses, including chemical, agribusiness, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, construction, and other consumer goods.

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