Sonoco Products (NYSE: SON) is one of 15 public companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Sonoco Products to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Sonoco Products and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Sonoco Products||$4.78 billion||$286.43 million||19.57|
|Sonoco Products Competitors||$4.42 billion||$182.22 million||136.70|
Sonoco Products pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Sonoco Products pays out 57.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 64.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Sonoco Products has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years. Sonoco Products is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Volatility and Risk
Sonoco Products has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sonoco Products’ competitors have a beta of 1.20, meaning that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
72.0% of Sonoco Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Sonoco Products shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Sonoco Products and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Sonoco Products Competitors||2.78%||22.00%||3.85%|
This is a summary of recent recommendations for Sonoco Products and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Sonoco Products Competitors||84||598||405||6||2.30|
Sonoco Products currently has a consensus price target of $53.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.41%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 3.22%. Given Sonoco Products’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sonoco Products has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Sonoco Products competitors beat Sonoco Products on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
Sonoco Products Company Profile
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.
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