Greif Bros. (NYSE: GEF) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Greif Bros. to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Greif Bros. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greif Bros. 2.65% 15.49% 4.74%
Greif Bros. Competitors 2.73% 22.75% 3.99%

Risk & Volatility

Greif Bros. has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Greif Bros.’s competitors have a beta of 1.21, meaning that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Greif Bros. and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greif Bros. 1 3 3 0 2.29
Greif Bros. Competitors 79 593 399 6 2.31

Greif Bros. presently has a consensus target price of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.05%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 1.32%. Given Greif Bros.’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Greif Bros. is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Greif Bros. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Greif Bros. pays out 85.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 53.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

48.5% of Greif Bros. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.5% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Greif Bros. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Greif Bros. and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Greif Bros. $3.32 billion $74.90 million 27.95
Greif Bros. Competitors $4.37 billion $175.49 million 145.47

Greif Bros.’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Greif Bros.. Greif Bros. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Greif Bros. competitors beat Greif Bros. on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Greif Bros. Company Profile

Greif, Inc. is a producer of industrial packaging products and services. The Company’s segments are Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services, and Land Management. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of rigid industrial packaging products, and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing and other packaging services. The Paper Packaging & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of containerboard, corrugated sheets, corrugated containers and other corrugated products. The Flexible Products & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of flexible intermediate bulk containers and related services on a global basis. The Land Management segment is involved in the management and sale of timber. As of October 31, 2016, the Company had operations in over 45 countries.

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