Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) is one of 14 public companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Sealed Air to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Sealed Air and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sealed Air 0 6 6 0 2.50
Sealed Air Competitors 85 599 405 6 2.30

Sealed Air presently has a consensus price target of $49.20, indicating a potential downside of 0.20%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 2.85%. Given Sealed Air’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sealed Air has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Sealed Air and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sealed Air 20.15% 67.60% 5.49%
Sealed Air Competitors 2.79% 23.49% 3.98%

Dividends

Sealed Air pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Sealed Air pays out 12.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 41.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.9% of Sealed Air shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Sealed Air shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sealed Air and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sealed Air $6.78 billion $486.40 million 9.39
Sealed Air Competitors $4.48 billion $187.52 million 150.60

Sealed Air has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Sealed Air is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Sealed Air has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sealed Air’s peers have a beta of 1.20, meaning that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Sealed Air beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Sealed Air

Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses), Product Care and Corporate. The Food Care segment focuses on providing a range of integrated system solutions. The Food Care business serves primarily perishable food and beverage processors, predominately in fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats, beverages, poultry and dairy (solids and liquids) markets throughout the world. The Product Care segment provides customers with a range of Product Care solutions to meet cushioning, void fill, surface protection, retail display, containment and dunnage needs.

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