Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE:MPSX) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avery Dennison Corporation 6.14% 39.29% 8.44%
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 2.69% 10.01% 2.48%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Avery Dennison Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avery Dennison Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0 4 1 0 2.20

Avery Dennison Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $90.60, indicating a potential downside of 3.16%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. Given Avery Dennison Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Avery Dennison Corporation is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Dividends

Avery Dennison Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl does not pay a dividend. Avery Dennison Corporation pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Avery Dennison Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Avery Dennison Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Avery Dennison Corporation $6.26 billion 1.32 $792.50 million $4.26 21.96
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl N/A N/A N/A $0.12 150.01

Avery Dennison Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl. Avery Dennison 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.3% of Avery Dennison Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Avery Dennison Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Avery Dennison Corporation has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Avery Dennison Corporation beats Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Avery Dennison Corporation

Avery Dennison Corporation (Avery Dennison) is engaged in the production of pressure-sensitive materials and a range of tickets, tags, labels and other converted products. The Company’s segments include Label and Graphic Materials (LGM); Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS), and Industrial and Healthcare Materials (IHM). The Company’s LGM segment manufactures and sells Fasson-, JAC-, and Avery Dennison-brand pressure-sensitive label and packaging materials, Avery Dennison- and Mactac-brand graphics, and Avery Dennison-brand reflective products. The Company’s RBIS segment designs, manufactures and sells a range of branding and information solutions to retailers, brand owners, apparel manufacturers, distributors and industrial customers on a global basis. The Company’s IHM segment manufactures and sells Fasson-brand and Avery Dennison-brand tapes and fasteners, Vancive-brand medical pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) based materials and products, and performance polymers.

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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