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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Greif Bros. Corporation and Ardagh Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greif Bros. Corporation 1 3 3 0 2.29
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50

Greif Bros. Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $57.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.83%. Ardagh Group has a consensus price target of $24.31, suggesting a potential upside of 16.49%. Given Ardagh Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Greif Bros. Corporation.

Dividends

Greif Bros. Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greif Bros. Corporation 2.65% 15.49% 4.74%
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Greif Bros. Corporation and Ardagh Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Greif Bros. Corporation $3.54 billion 0.79 $459.50 million $1.59 36.89
Ardagh Group $9.22 billion 0.53 $1.59 billion N/A N/A

Ardagh Group has higher revenue and earnings than Greif Bros. Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.8% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.9% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 16.8% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are held 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

Ardagh Group beats Greif Bros. Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Greif Bros. Corporation

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.

About Ardagh Group

Ardagh Group SA, formerly Ardagh Finance Holdings SA, is a Luxembourg-based company engaged in the packing industry. The Company focuses on the design and manufacture of rigid packaging solutions mainly for food and beverage markets. Its activities are divided into two business segments: Metal packing, which supplies aluminum and steel beverage cans, two-piece aluminum, two-piece tinplate and three-piece tinplate food and specialty cans, as well as a range of can ends, among others, and Glass packing, which delivers glass containers, bottles and jars, among others. Its products are distributed in customized sizes and shapes, as well as are decorated with printed graphics. The Company operates in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

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