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


Ball Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Ball Corporation pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ball Corporation and Ardagh Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ball Corporation $9.78 billion 1.48 $1.46 billion $1.50 27.44
Ardagh Group $7.76 billion 0.68 $1.34 billion N/A N/A

Ball Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Ardagh Group.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ball Corporation 4.59% 16.46% 3.28%
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Ball Corporation and Ardagh Group, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ball Corporation 0 7 5 0 2.42
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50

Ball Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $42.20, indicating a potential upside of 2.53%. Ardagh Group has a consensus price target of $24.19, indicating a potential upside of 8.76%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Ball Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.3% of Ball Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Ball Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Ball Corporation beats Ardagh Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ball Corporation Company Profile

Ball Corporation is a supplier of metal packaging to the beverage, food, personal care and household products industries. The Company’s packaging products are produced for a range of end uses and are manufactured in facilities around the world. Its segments include beverage packaging, North and Central America; beverage packaging, South America; beverage packaging, Europe; food and aerosol packaging; aerospace, and other. Its major product line is aluminum and steel beverage containers. It produces steel food, aerosol and extruded aluminum aerosol containers and aluminum slugs. Its aerospace business designs, develops and manufactures aerospace systems for civil, commercial and national cyber security aerospace markets. It produces spacecraft, instruments and sensors, radio frequency systems and components, data exploitation solutions and a range of aerospace technologies and products.

Ardagh Group Company Profile

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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