TriMas Corp (NYSE: TRS) and Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Dividends

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.9% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Sealed Air Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TriMas Corp and Sealed Air Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TriMas Corp $801.02 million 1.37 $117.54 million N/A N/A
Sealed Air Corporation $6.80 billion 1.30 $1.04 billion $1.73 26.01

Sealed Air Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than TriMas Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for TriMas Corp and Sealed Air Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TriMas Corp 0 3 1 0 2.25
Sealed Air Corporation 0 6 4 0 2.40

TriMas Corp presently has a consensus target price of $23.67, suggesting a potential downside of 1.18%. Sealed Air Corporation has a consensus target price of $48.56, suggesting a potential upside of 7.90%. Given Sealed Air Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sealed Air Corporation is more favorable than TriMas Corp.

Profitability

This table compares TriMas Corp and Sealed Air Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TriMas Corp 3.50% 5.55% 2.66%
Sealed Air Corporation 5.48% 85.72% 6.71%

Summary

Sealed Air Corporation beats TriMas Corp on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TriMas Corp

TriMas Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered products for commercial, industrial and consumer markets. The Company operates through four segments: Packaging, Aerospace, Energy and Engineered Components. The Packaging segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered closure and dispensing systems for a range of end markets, including steel and plastic industrial, and consumer packaging applications. The Aerospace segment is a designer and manufacturer of a range of products for use in the aerospace industry. The Energy segment is a manufacturer and distributor of metallic and non-metallic gaskets, bolts, industrial fasteners and specialty products for the petroleum refining, petrochemical, oil field and industrial markets. The Engineered Components segment is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-pressure and acetylene cylinders for the transportation, storage and dispensing of compressed gases.

About Sealed Air Corporation

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.

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