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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crown Holdings and Ball Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crown Holdings 0 4 5 0 2.56
Ball Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45

Crown Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $64.25, indicating a potential upside of 8.48%. Ball Corporation has a consensus price target of $43.44, indicating a potential upside of 2.44%. Given Crown Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Crown Holdings is more favorable than Ball Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crown Holdings and Ball Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crown Holdings $8.31 billion 0.99 $1.32 billion $3.49 16.97
Ball Corporation $9.78 billion 1.52 $1.46 billion $1.50 28.27

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

Dividends

Ball Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Crown Holdings does not pay a dividend. Ball Corporation pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.9% of Crown Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.8% of Ball Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Crown Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Ball Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Crown Holdings has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ball Corporation has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crown Holdings 5.81% 69.86% 5.47%
Ball Corporation 4.59% 16.46% 3.28%

Summary

Crown Holdings beats Ball Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crown Holdings

Crown Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of packaging products for consumer goods. The Company’s business is organized within three divisions: Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Within each division, the Company is organized along product lines. The Company’s segments within the Americas Division are Americas Beverage and North America Food. The Company’s segments within the European Division are European Beverage and European Food. The Company’s Asia Pacific Division segment consists of its beverage and non-beverage can operations. The Company is also engaged in European aerosol and specialty packaging business, its North American aerosol can business, and its tooling and equipment operations in the Unites States and the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 146 plants along with sales and service facilities throughout 36 countries. It also has three canmaking and spare part operations in the United States and the United Kingdom.

About Ball Corporation

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.

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