Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE: MPSX) and Crown Holdings (NYSE:CCK) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability and valuation.
This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Crown Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl||2.69%||10.01%||2.48%|
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Crown Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl||0||4||1||0||2.20|
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. Crown Holdings has a consensus target price of $64.25, indicating a potential upside of 10.47%. Given Crown Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crown Holdings is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.
Risk and Volatility
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a beta of 1.83, meaning that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crown Holdings has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Crown Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Crown Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl and Crown Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0.12||150.01|
|Crown Holdings||$8.31 billion||0.95||$1.32 billion||$3.49||16.66|
Crown Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl. Crown Holdings 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.
Crown Holdings beats Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl on 9 of the 11 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 Crown Holdings
Crown Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of packaging products for consumer goods. The Company’s business is organized within three divisions: Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Within each division, the Company is organized along product lines. The Company’s segments within the Americas Division are Americas Beverage and North America Food. The Company’s segments within the European Division are European Beverage and European Food. The Company’s Asia Pacific Division segment consists of its beverage and non-beverage can operations. The Company is also engaged in European aerosol and specialty packaging business, its North American aerosol can business, and its tooling and equipment operations in the Unites States and the United Kingdom. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 146 plants along with sales and service facilities throughout 36 countries. It also has three canmaking and spare part operations in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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