Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) and Libbey (NYSE:LBY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Newell Brands and Libbey’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newell Brands 8.34% 11.52% 4.14%
Libbey -41.83% -290.54% -40.97%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Newell Brands and Libbey’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newell Brands $13.26 billion 1.16 $527.80 million $2.59 12.13
Libbey N/A N/A N/A ($4.01) -1.81

Newell Brands has higher revenue and earnings than Libbey. Libbey is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Newell Brands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Newell Brands has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Libbey has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Newell Brands and Libbey, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newell Brands 0 6 7 0 2.54
Libbey 0 0 0 0 N/A

Newell Brands presently has a consensus target price of $47.92, suggesting a potential upside of 52.55%. Given Newell Brands’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Newell Brands is more favorable than Libbey.

Dividends

Newell Brands pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Libbey does not pay a dividend. Newell Brands pays out 35.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.0% of Newell Brands shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Newell Brands shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Newell Brands beats Libbey on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Newell Brands Company Profile

Newell Brands Inc. is a marketer of consumer and commercial products. The Company’s segments include Writing, Home Solutions, Commercial Products, Baby & Parenting, Branded Consumables, Consumer Solutions, Outdoor Solutions and Process Solutions. Its products are marketed under a portfolio of brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, Expo, Parker, Elmer’s, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Rawlings, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, Waddington and Yankee Candle. Writing segment consists of the Writing and Creative Expression business. Home Solutions segment designs, manufactures or sources and distributes a range of consumer products under various brand names. Commercial Products segment designs, manufactures or sources and distributes cleaning and refuse products. Its Baby & Parenting segment designs and distributes infant and juvenile products.

Libbey Company Profile

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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