Bemis (NYSE: BMS) and TriMas (NASDAQ:TRS) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Bemis and TriMas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bemis 1 8 2 0 2.09
TriMas 0 3 1 0 2.25

Bemis presently has a consensus price target of $47.89, suggesting a potential upside of 1.27%. TriMas has a consensus price target of $25.25, suggesting a potential downside of 3.81%. Given Bemis’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bemis is more favorable than TriMas.

Volatility and Risk

Bemis has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TriMas has a beta of 2.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Bemis and TriMas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bemis 4.84% 17.83% 5.94%
TriMas -4.01% 12.18% 6.03%

Dividends

Bemis pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. TriMas does not pay a dividend. Bemis pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bemis has raised its dividend for 33 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bemis and TriMas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bemis $4.00 billion 1.07 $236.20 million $2.10 22.52
TriMas $794.02 million 1.51 -$39.80 million ($0.72) -36.46

Bemis has higher revenue and earnings than TriMas. TriMas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bemis, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.8% of Bemis shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of TriMas shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Bemis shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of TriMas shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Bemis beats TriMas on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bemis Company Profile

Bemis Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of packaging products. The Company operates through two segments: U.S. Packaging and Global Packaging. The U.S. Packaging segment represents all food, consumer, and industrial products packaging-related manufacturing operations located in the United States. The Global Packaging segment includes all packaging-related manufacturing operations located outside of the United States, as well as global medical device and pharmaceutical packaging-related manufacturing operations. This segment manufactures multilayer polymer, blown and cast film structures to produce packaging sold for a range of food, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, and industrial applications. Its products are sold to customers in the food industry. The Company’s other customers include companies in various types of businesses, including chemical, agribusiness, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, electronics, construction, and other consumer goods.

TriMas Company Profile

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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