Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE: MPSX) and Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitabiliy.

Dividends

Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl does not pay a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Ardagh Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl N/A N/A N/A $0.12 150.01
Ardagh Group $7.97 billion 0.69 $1.38 billion N/A N/A

Ardagh Group has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.1% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Ardagh Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0 4 1 0 2.20
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. Ardagh Group has a consensus price target of $24.19, indicating a potential upside of 4.35%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Profitability

This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Ardagh Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 2.69% 10.01% 2.48%
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A

About Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl

Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited is a provider of specialty packaging solutions for the consumer, healthcare and multi-media markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s print-based specialty packaging solutions include premium folding cartons, inserts, labels and rigid packaging across a range of substrates and finishes, which are complemented by value-added services, including design, new product development and supply chain solutions. In addition, the Company provides supply chain services, such as vendor managed inventory (VMI), specific carton-by-carton scan ability and data, which enable the customer to track a product from manufacturer to end user. The Company’s packaging solutions utilize a range of substrates, including paper and paperboard, pressure sensitive labels, plastic and foil, and finishes, including ultra violet (UV) coatings, film lamination, stamping and embossing.

About Ardagh Group

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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