Crown Holdings (NYSE: CCK) and Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crown Holdings and Ardagh Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crown Holdings $8.31 billion 0.96 $1.32 billion $3.49 16.90
Ardagh Group $9.03 billion 0.54 $1.55 billion N/A N/A

Ardagh Group has higher revenue and earnings than Crown Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.2% of Crown Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.9% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Crown Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Crown Holdings and Ardagh Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crown Holdings 5.81% 66.28% 5.41%
Ardagh Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Crown Holdings and Ardagh Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crown Holdings 0 4 5 0 2.56
Ardagh Group 0 4 4 0 2.50

Crown Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $64.25, suggesting a potential upside of 8.92%. Ardagh Group has a consensus price target of $24.31, suggesting a potential upside of 18.42%. Given Ardagh Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ardagh Group is more favorable than Crown Holdings.

Dividends

Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Crown Holdings does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Crown Holdings beats Ardagh Group on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Ardagh Group Company Profile

Ardagh Group SA, formerly Ardagh Finance Holdings SA, is a Luxembourg-based company engaged in the packing industry. The Company focuses on the design and manufacture of rigid packaging solutions mainly for food and beverage markets. Its activities are divided into two business segments: Metal packing, which supplies aluminum and steel beverage cans, two-piece aluminum, two-piece tinplate and three-piece tinplate food and specialty cans, as well as a range of can ends, among others, and Glass packing, which delivers glass containers, bottles and jars, among others. Its products are distributed in customized sizes and shapes, as well as are decorated with printed graphics. The Company operates in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

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