Myers Industries (NYSE: MYE) and BPC Acquisition Corp (NYSE:BERY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Myers Industries and BPC Acquisition Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Myers Industries 1.38% 11.57% 2.85%
BPC Acquisition Corp 4.50% 110.06% 4.62%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Myers Industries and BPC Acquisition Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Myers Industries $548.56 million 1.00 $57.90 million $0.24 76.04
BPC Acquisition Corp $6.57 billion 1.14 $1.18 billion $2.31 25.00

BPC Acquisition Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Myers Industries. BPC Acquisition Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Myers Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Myers Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. BPC Acquisition Corp does not pay a dividend. Myers Industries pays out 225.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Myers Industries has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Myers Industries has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BPC Acquisition Corp has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Myers Industries and BPC Acquisition Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Myers Industries 1 0 1 0 2.00
BPC Acquisition Corp 0 4 7 0 2.64

Myers Industries presently has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 28.77%. BPC Acquisition Corp has a consensus price target of $56.56, indicating a potential downside of 2.09%. Given BPC Acquisition Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BPC Acquisition Corp is more favorable than Myers Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.1% of Myers Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.7% of BPC Acquisition Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Myers Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of BPC Acquisition Corp shares are owned by company 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

BPC Acquisition Corp beats Myers Industries on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Myers Industries Company Profile

Myers Industries, Inc. is an international manufacturing and distribution company. The Company operates through two segments: Material Handling and Distribution. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 15 manufacturing facilities, 20 sales offices, four distribution centers and three distribution branches located throughout North, Central and South America. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately 15,000 manufactured products and over 13,500 distributed products. The Material Handling segment designs, manufactures and markets a range of plastic and metal products. The Distribution Segment is engaged in the distribution of tools, equipment and supplies used for tire, wheel and under vehicle service on passenger, heavy truck and off-road vehicles, and the manufacturing of tire repair materials and custom rubber products. The product line includes categories, such as tire valves and accessories, and lifts and alignment equipment.

BPC Acquisition Corp Company Profile

Berry Global Group, Inc., formerly Berry Plastics Group, Inc., is a provider of value-added plastic consumer packaging, non-woven specialty materials and engineered materials. The Company offers products, such as closures, prescription vials, specialty films, adhesives, nonwovens, drink cups, containers and bottles. The Company operates through three segments: Health, Hygiene & Specialties, Consumer Packaging, and Engineered Materials. The Consumer Packaging segment primarily consists of containers, foodservice items, closures, overcaps, bottles, prescription vials, tubes, and printed films. The Health, Hygiene & Specialties segment primarily consists of non-woven specialty materials used in hygiene, infection prevention, personal care, industrial, construction, and filtration applications. The Engineered Materials segment primarily consists of pipeline corrosion protection solutions, tapes and adhesives, polyethylene-based film products, and specialty coated and laminated products.

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