Multi-Color (NASDAQ:LABL) and Champion Industries (OTCMKTS:CHMP) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Multi-Color and Champion Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multi-Color $1.30 billion 0.73 $71.95 million $3.76 12.33
Champion Industries N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Multi-Color has higher revenue and earnings than Champion Industries.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.8% of Multi-Color shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.2% of Multi-Color shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 69.2% of Champion Industries shares 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.

Profitability

This table compares Multi-Color and Champion Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multi-Color 4.99% 11.35% 2.91%
Champion Industries N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Multi-Color and Champion Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multi-Color 1 2 2 0 2.20
Champion Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Multi-Color presently has a consensus price target of $66.25, indicating a potential upside of 42.87%. Given Multi-Color’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Multi-Color is more favorable than Champion Industries.

Dividends

Multi-Color pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Champion Industries does not pay a dividend. Multi-Color pays out 5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Multi-Color has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Champion Industries has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Multi-Color beats Champion Industries on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Multi-Color Company Profile

Multi-Color Corporation provides various label solutions in the United States, Australia, Germany, and internationally. The company offers pressure sensitive labels; in-mold labels; heat transfer labels; cut and stack labels, such as peel-away promotional labels, thermochromics, holographics, and metalized films, as well as scratch-off coupons and static-clings; and roll fed labels. It also provides shrink sleeve and aluminum labels; graphics and pre-press services comprising the conversion of customer digital files and artwork into proofs, production of print layouts and printing plates, and product mock ups and samples for market research; and print methods, including rotogravure, lithographic, flexographic, and digital. The company serves producers of home and personal care, wine and spirit, food and beverage, healthcare, and specialty consumer products. Multi-Color Corporation was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Batavia, Ohio.

Champion Industries Company Profile

Champion Industries, Inc. is engaged in the commercial printing and office products and furniture supply business in regional markets east of the Mississippi River. The company also publishes Herald-Dispatch daily newspaper in Huntington, also provides a full range of office products, office furniture and office design services. It also provides printing services ranging from the simplest to the most complex jobs, including business cards, books, tags, labels, brochures, posters and multi-part, continuous and snap-out business forms and offers complete bindery and letterpress services. The company operates its business in two segments: Commercial Printing and Office Products, Office Furniture and Office Design. Champion Industries was founded on July 1, 1992 and is headquartered in Huntington, WV.

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