Bemis (NYSE: BMS) and Greif Bros. Corporation (NYSE:GEF) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.7% of Bemis shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.8% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Bemis shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Bemis and Greif Bros. Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bemis 5.18% 18.53% 6.23%
Greif Bros. Corporation 2.65% 15.49% 4.74%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bemis and Greif Bros. Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bemis $4.02 billion 1.11 $562.80 million $2.21 22.27
Greif Bros. Corporation $3.42 billion 0.43 $447.50 million $1.59 35.80

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Bemis and Greif Bros. Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bemis 2 6 2 0 2.00
Greif Bros. Corporation 1 3 3 0 2.29

Bemis currently has a consensus price target of $48.67, indicating a potential downside of 1.12%. Greif Bros. Corporation has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.14%. Given Greif Bros. Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Greif Bros. Corporation is more favorable than Bemis.

Risk and Volatility

Bemis has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Greif Bros. Corporation has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bemis pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Greif Bros. Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Bemis pays out 54.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Greif Bros. Corporation pays out 105.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Greif Bros. Corporation has raised its dividend for 33 consecutive years. Greif Bros. Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Bemis beats Greif Bros. Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bemis Company Profile

Bemis Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of packaging products. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. Packaging and Global Packaging. The U.S. Packaging segment represents all food, consumer, and industrial products packaging-related manufacturing operations located in the United States. The Global Packaging segment includes all packaging-related manufacturing operations located outside of the United States, as well as global medical device and pharmaceutical packaging-related manufacturing operations. This segment manufactures multilayer polymer, blown and cast film structures to produce packaging sold for a range of food, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, and industrial applications. Its products are sold to customers in the food industry. The Company’s other customers include companies in various types of businesses, including chemical, agribusiness, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, construction, and other consumer goods.

Greif Bros. Corporation 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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