Sonoco Products (NYSE: SON) and TriMas Corp (NYSE:TRS) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sonoco Products and TriMas Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sonoco Products $4.76 billion 1.02 $589.72 million $2.64 18.50
TriMas Corp $801.02 million 1.40 $117.54 million N/A N/A

Sonoco Products has higher revenue and earnings than TriMas Corp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.6% of Sonoco Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Sonoco Products shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Sonoco Products and TriMas Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sonoco Products 2 5 1 0 1.88
TriMas Corp 0 2 2 0 2.50

Sonoco Products currently has a consensus target price of $51.83, indicating a potential upside of 6.15%. TriMas Corp has a consensus target price of $24.67, indicating a potential upside of 0.48%. Given Sonoco Products’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sonoco Products is more favorable than TriMas Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Sonoco Products and TriMas Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sonoco Products 5.61% 16.64% 6.51%
TriMas Corp 6.96% 11.47% 5.66%

Dividends

Sonoco Products pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. TriMas Corp does not pay a dividend. Sonoco Products pays out 59.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sonoco Products has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years.

Summary

Sonoco Products beats TriMas Corp on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sonoco Products

Sonoco Products Company is engaged in manufacturing of industrial and consumer packaging products, and providing packaging services. The Company operates in four segments: Consumer Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, Display and Packaging, and Protective Solutions. Its Consumer Packaging segment’s products and services include round composite cans, aluminum, steel and peelable membrane easy-open closures for composite and metal cans; plastic bottles, cups and trays, and printed flexible packaging and global brand management. The Display and Packaging segment’s products and services include point-of-purchase displays; fulfilment; supply chain management, and paperboard specialties. Its Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment provides the raw material for its fiber-based packaging. The Protective Solutions segment’s products and services include custom-engineered and expanded foam protective packaging and components, and temperature-assured packaging.

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.

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