Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ: MATW) and Energizer Holdings (NYSE:EPC) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Matthews International Corporation has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energizer Holdings has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Matthews International Corporation $1.52 billion 1.14 $74.36 million $2.25 23.87
Energizer Holdings $2.30 billion 1.39 $5.69 million $0.06 950.00

Matthews International Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Energizer Holdings. Matthews International Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Energizer Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Matthews International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Energizer Holdings does not pay a dividend. Matthews International Corporation pays out 30.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Matthews International Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matthews International Corporation 4.83% 16.16% 5.34%
Energizer Holdings 0.25% 12.54% 5.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Matthews International Corporation and Energizer Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matthews International Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Energizer Holdings 1 6 3 0 2.20

Matthews International Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $83.50, indicating a potential upside of 55.49%. Energizer Holdings has a consensus target price of $75.22, indicating a potential upside of 31.97%. Given Matthews International Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Matthews International Corporation is more favorable than Energizer Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.0% of Matthews International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.7% of Energizer Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Matthews International Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Energizer Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Matthews International Corporation beats Energizer Holdings on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Energizer Holdings Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. Its Wet shave products are sold under the Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Skintimate, Shave Guard and Personna brand names. Its Sun and Skin Care products are sold under the Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Wet Ones and Playtex brand names and offers Wet Ones, portable hand wipes category, and Playtex household gloves, the branded household glove in the United States. Its Feminine Care segment markets its products under the Playtex, Stayfree, Carefree and o.b. brands and markets pads and liners. Its All Other segment includes infant care, pet care and miscellaneous other products.

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