Bemis (NYSE: BMS) and Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Bemis pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Bemis pays out 54.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ardagh Group has increased its dividend for 33 consecutive years. Ardagh Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Bemis and Ardagh Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bemis 5.18% 18.53% 6.23%
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Bemis and Ardagh Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bemis 2 6 2 0 2.00
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50

Bemis currently has a consensus price target of $48.44, suggesting a potential upside of 3.69%. Ardagh Group has a consensus price target of $24.31, suggesting a potential upside of 15.83%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Bemis.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.7% of Bemis shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.9% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Bemis shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bemis and Ardagh Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bemis $4.02 billion 1.06 $562.80 million $2.21 21.14
Ardagh Group $9.03 billion 0.55 $1.55 billion N/A N/A

Ardagh Group has higher revenue and earnings than Bemis.

Summary

Ardagh Group beats Bemis on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Ardagh Group Company Profile

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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