Contrasting Sealed Air Corporation (SEE) & Crown Holdings (CCK)

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) and Crown Holdings (NYSE:CCK) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sealed Air Corporation and Crown Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sealed Air Corporation $6.80 billion 1.30 $1.04 billion $1.73 26.02
Crown Holdings $8.29 billion 0.95 $1.33 billion $3.76 15.16

Crown Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Sealed Air Corporation. Crown Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sealed Air Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.5% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.9% of Crown Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Sealed Air Corporation 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sealed Air Corporation and Crown Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sealed Air Corporation 5.48% 85.72% 6.71%
Crown Holdings 6.32% 75.25% 5.62%

Risk & Volatility

Sealed Air Corporation has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crown Holdings has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Sealed Air Corporation and Crown Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sealed Air Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45
Crown Holdings 0 2 6 0 2.75

Sealed Air Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $48.90, suggesting a potential upside of 8.62%. Crown Holdings has a consensus target price of $61.75, suggesting a potential upside of 8.30%. Given Sealed Air Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sealed Air Corporation is more favorable than Crown Holdings.

Dividends

Sealed Air Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Crown Holdings does not pay a dividend. Sealed Air Corporation pays out 37.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Crown Holdings beats Sealed Air Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sealed Air Corporation Company Profile

Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care, Diversey Care, Product Care and Other (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses). 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 Diversey Care segment integrates cleaning chemicals, floor care machines, cleaning tools and equipment, and a range of services, including application and employee training, auditing of hygiene and appearance, and water and energy management. 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.

Crown Holdings Company Profile

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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