Ardagh Group (NYSE: ARD) and Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) 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 valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A
Sealed Air Corporation 6.81% 84.32% 5.88%

Dividends

Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Sealed Air Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Sealed Air Corporation pays out 33.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ardagh Group and Sealed Air Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50
Sealed Air Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45

Ardagh Group currently has a consensus price target of $24.31, indicating a potential upside of 14.14%. Sealed Air Corporation has a consensus price target of $47.90, indicating a potential upside of 8.86%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Sealed Air Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ardagh Group and Sealed Air Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ardagh Group $9.27 billion 0.54 $1.59 billion N/A N/A
Sealed Air Corporation $6.84 billion 1.22 $1.07 billion $1.93 22.80

Ardagh Group has higher revenue and earnings than Sealed Air Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.9% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.1% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ardagh Group beats Sealed Air Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ardagh Group

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.

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 (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses), Product Care and Corporate. 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 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.

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