Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE:MPSX) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Sealed Air Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sealed Air Corporation 0 6 4 0 2.40
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0 4 1 0 2.20

Sealed Air Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $48.56, suggesting a potential upside of 10.71%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.56%. Given Sealed Air Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Sealed Air Corporation is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sealed Air Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sealed Air Corporation $6.80 billion 1.26 $1.04 billion $1.73 25.35
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl N/A N/A N/A $0.12 150.01

Sealed Air Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl. Sealed Air Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Sealed Air Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sealed Air Corporation 5.48% 85.72% 6.71%
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 2.69% 10.01% 2.48%

Volatility and Risk

Sealed Air Corporation has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.9% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned 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.

Dividends

Sealed Air Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl does not pay a dividend. Sealed Air Corporation pays out 37.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Sealed Air Corporation beats Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sealed Air Corporation

Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care, Diversey Care, Product Care and Other (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses). The Food Care segment focuses on providing a range of integrated system solutions. The Food Care business serves primarily perishable food and beverage processors, predominately in fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats, beverages, poultry and dairy (solids and liquids) markets throughout the world. The Diversey Care segment integrates cleaning chemicals, floor care machines, cleaning tools and equipment, and a range of services, including application and employee training, auditing of hygiene and appearance, and water and energy management. The Product Care segment provides customers with a range of Product Care solutions to meet cushioning, void fill, surface protection, retail display, containment and dunnage needs.

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.

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