TriMas Corp (NYSE: TRS) and Bemis (NYSE:BMS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for TriMas Corp and Bemis, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriMas Corp 0 2 2 0 2.50
Bemis 2 4 3 0 2.11

TriMas Corp presently has a consensus target price of $24.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.64%. Bemis has a consensus target price of $48.75, suggesting a potential upside of 16.04%. Given Bemis’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bemis is more favorable than TriMas Corp.

Profitability

This table compares TriMas Corp and Bemis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TriMas Corp 6.96% 11.47% 5.66%
Bemis 5.18% 18.53% 6.23%

Dividends

Bemis pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. TriMas Corp does not pay a dividend. Bemis pays out 54.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bemis has increased its dividend for 33 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TriMas Corp and Bemis’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriMas Corp $801.02 million 1.36 $117.54 million N/A N/A
Bemis $4.02 billion 0.95 $562.80 million $2.21 19.01

Bemis has higher revenue and earnings than TriMas Corp.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.3% of Bemis shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Bemis shares are owned 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.

Summary

Bemis beats TriMas Corp on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

TriMas Corp Company Profile

TriMas Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered products for commercial, industrial and consumer markets. The Company operates through four segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. The Packaging segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered closure and dispensing systems for a range of end markets, including steel and plastic industrial, and consumer packaging applications. The Aerospace segment is a designer and manufacturer of a range of products for use in the aerospace industry. The Energy segment is a manufacturer and distributor of metallic and non-metallic gaskets, bolts, industrial fasteners and specialty products for the petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil field and industrial markets. The Engineered Components segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-pressure and acetylene cylinders for the transportation, storage and dispensing of compressed gases.

Bemis Company Profile

Bemis Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of packaging products. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. Packaging and Global Packaging. The U.S. Packaging segment represents all food, consumer, and industrial products packaging-related manufacturing operations located in the United States. The Global Packaging segment includes all packaging-related manufacturing operations located outside of the United States, as well as global medical device and pharmaceutical packaging-related manufacturing operations. This segment manufactures multilayer polymer, blown and cast film structures to produce packaging sold for a range of food, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, and industrial applications. Its products are sold to customers in the food industry. The Company’s other customers include companies in various types of businesses, including chemical, agribusiness, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, construction, and other consumer goods.

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