Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (MPSX) and Westrock Company (WRK) Critical Contrast

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE: MPSX) and Westrock Company (NYSE:WRK) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Westrock Company’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl $1.55 billion 0.90 $209.22 million $0.12 150.01
Westrock Company $14.31 billion 1.00 $2.15 billion $0.71 80.97

Westrock Company has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl. Westrock Company is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westrock Company has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of Westrock Company shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Westrock Company shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Westrock Company’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0.58% 7.64% 2.01%
Westrock Company 1.29% 6.35% 2.70%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Westrock Company, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0 4 1 0 2.20
Westrock Company 0 2 9 0 2.82

Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl currently has a consensus price target of $17.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. Westrock Company has a consensus price target of $61.11, indicating a potential upside of 6.30%. Given Westrock Company’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Westrock Company is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Dividends

Westrock Company pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl does not pay a dividend. Westrock Company pays out 225.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Westrock Company beats Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl

Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited is a provider of specialty packaging solutions for the consumer, healthcare and multi-media markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s print-based specialty packaging solutions include premium folding cartons, inserts, labels and rigid packaging across a range of substrates and finishes, which are complemented by value-added services, including design, new product development and supply chain solutions. In addition, the Company provides supply chain services, such as vendor managed inventory (VMI), specific carton-by-carton scan ability and data, which enable the customer to track a product from manufacturer to end user. The Company’s packaging solutions utilize a range of substrates, including paper and paperboard, pressure sensitive labels, plastic and foil, and finishes, including ultra violet (UV) coatings, film lamination, stamping and embossing.

About Westrock Company

WestRock Company, incorporated on March 6, 2015, is a multinational provider of paper and packaging solutions for consumer and corrugated packaging markets. The Company also develops real estate in the Charleston, South Carolina region. The Company’s segments include Corrugated Packaging, Consumer Packaging, and Land and Development. The Corrugated Packaging segment consists of its containerboard mill and corrugated packaging operations, as well as its recycling operations. The Consumer Packaging segment consists of consumer mills, folding carton, beverage, merchandising displays, and partition operations. The Land and Development segment is engaged in the development and sale of real estate primarily in Charleston, South Carolina.

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