Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ: MATW) is one of 33 public companies in the “Personal Products” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Matthews International Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Matthews International Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matthews International Corporation 5.17% 16.23% 5.40%
Matthews International Corporation Competitors -46.56% 137.98% 5.38%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.6% of Matthews International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.5% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Matthews International Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.3% of shares of all “Personal Products” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Matthews International Corporation has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matthews International Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.09, indicating that their average stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Matthews International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Matthews International Corporation pays out 28.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Personal Products” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 46.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Matthews International Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Matthews International Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Matthews International Corporation $1.50 billion $190.96 million 26.69
Matthews International Corporation Competitors $14.48 billion $2.96 billion 14.48

Matthews International Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Matthews International Corporation. Matthews International Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Matthews International Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matthews International Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Matthews International Corporation Competitors 350 1208 1485 23 2.39

Matthews International Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $83.50, suggesting a potential upside of 30.88%. As a group, “Personal Products” companies have a potential upside of 7.02%. Given Matthews International Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Matthews International Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Matthews International Corporation beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Matthews International Corporation Company Profile

Matthews International Corporation is a provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial technologies. The Company operates through three segments: SGK Brand Solutions, Memorialization and Industrial Technologies. The SGK Brand Solutions segment provides brand development, deployment and delivery (consisting of brand management, printing plates and cylinders, pre-media services and imaging services for consumer packaged goods and retail customers, merchandising display systems, and marketing and design services). The Memorialization segment manufactures and markets a line of memorialization products used primarily in cemeteries, funeral homes and crematories. The Industrial Technologies segment designs, manufactures and distributes a range of marking, coding and industrial automation solutions, order fulfillment systems and related consumables.

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