Greif Bros. (NYSE: GEF) is one of 14 public companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Greif Bros. to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Greif Bros. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greif Bros. 3.26% 17.06% 5.31%
Greif Bros. Competitors 2.86% 24.02% 4.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Greif Bros. and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greif Bros. 1 2 4 0 2.43
Greif Bros. Competitors 82 593 401 6 2.31

Greif Bros. currently has a consensus price target of $58.20, indicating a potential downside of 9.11%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 1.92%. Given Greif Bros.’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Greif Bros. has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Greif Bros. has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Greif Bros.’s competitors have a beta of 1.21, indicating that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

48.5% of Greif Bros. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.6% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Greif Bros. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Greif Bros. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Greif Bros. pays out 83.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 61.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Greif Bros. and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Greif Bros. $3.64 billion $118.60 million 31.70
Greif Bros. Competitors $4.42 billion $182.22 million 26.64

Greif Bros.’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Greif Bros.. Greif Bros. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Greif Bros. competitors beat Greif Bros. on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Greif Bros.

Greif, Inc. is a producer of industrial packaging products and services. The Company’s segments are Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services, and Land Management. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of rigid industrial packaging products, and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing and other packaging services. The Paper Packaging & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of containerboard, corrugated sheets, corrugated containers and other corrugated products. The Flexible Products & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of flexible intermediate bulk containers and related services on a global basis. The Land Management segment is involved in the management and sale of timber. As of October 31, 2016, the Company had operations in over 45 countries.

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