Greif Bros. (NYSE: GEF) and TriMas (NASDAQ:TRS) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Greif Bros. has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TriMas has a beta of 2.05, suggesting that its stock price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greif Bros. 3.26% 17.06% 5.31%
TriMas -4.01% 12.18% 6.03%

Dividends

Greif Bros. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. TriMas does not pay a dividend. Greif Bros. pays out 83.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Greif Bros. and TriMas, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greif Bros. 1 2 4 0 2.43
TriMas 0 3 1 0 2.25

Greif Bros. presently has a consensus price target of $62.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.92%. TriMas has a consensus price target of $25.25, suggesting a potential downside of 2.70%. Given Greif Bros.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Greif Bros. is more favorable than TriMas.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Greif Bros. and TriMas’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Greif Bros. $3.64 billion 0.81 $118.60 million $2.02 30.41
TriMas $794.02 million 1.49 -$39.80 million ($0.72) -36.04

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.5% of Greif Bros. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of TriMas shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.8% of Greif Bros. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of TriMas shares are owned by 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

Greif Bros. beats TriMas on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

TriMas Company Profile

TriMas Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered products for commercial, industrial and consumer markets. The Company operates through four segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. The Packaging segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered closure and dispensing systems for a range of end markets, including steel and plastic industrial, and consumer packaging applications. The Aerospace segment is a designer and manufacturer of a range of products for use in the aerospace industry. The Energy segment is a manufacturer and distributor of metallic and non-metallic gaskets, bolts, industrial fasteners and specialty products for the petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil field and industrial markets. The Engineered Components segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-pressure and acetylene cylinders for the transportation, storage and dispensing of compressed gases.

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