HRG Group (NYSE: HRG) and Libbey (NYSE:LBY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of HRG Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of HRG Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for HRG Group and Libbey, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HRG Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Libbey 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares HRG Group and Libbey’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HRG Group $5.00 billion 0.64 $857.70 million $0.62 25.86
Libbey $776.15 million 0.28 $75.18 million N/A N/A

HRG Group has higher revenue and earnings than Libbey.

Profitability

This table compares HRG Group and Libbey’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HRG Group 2.49% -5.34% -0.27%
Libbey -0.42% -2.32% -0.42%

Summary

HRG Group beats Libbey on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HRG Group

HRG Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Products and Insurance. The Consumer Products segment consists of the Company’s subsidiary, Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (Spectrum Brands). The Insurance segment includes its subsidiary, Front Street Re (Delaware) Ltd. (Front Street). Through Spectrum Brands, the Company is a diversified global branded consumer products company. The Company offers seven product categories: consumer batteries, small appliances, global pet supplies, home and garden control products, personal care products, hardware and home improvement products and global auto care. Through Front Street, the Company is engaged in the business of providing long-term reinsurance, including reinsurance to the specialty insurance sector of fixed, deferred and payout annuities. The Company’s subsidiary, Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL), provides life insurance and annuity products.

About Libbey

Libbey Inc. is engaged in the design, production and sale of tableware and other products. The Company’s segments are U.S. & Canada; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Other. The U.S. & Canada segment includes sales of manufactured and sourced tableware having an end market destination in the United States and Canada, excluding glass products for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which remain in the Latin America segment. The Latin America segment includes primarily sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware having an end market destination in Latin America, including glass products for OEMs that have an end market destination outside of Latin America. The EMEA segment includes primarily sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware having an end market destination in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Other segment includes primarily sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware having an end market destination in Asia Pacific.

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