Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ: APOG) and Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Apogee Enterprises and Sealed Air, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Apogee Enterprises currently has a consensus target price of $61.00, indicating a potential upside of 40.52%. Sealed Air has a consensus target price of $50.27, indicating a potential upside of 19.61%. Given Apogee Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Apogee Enterprises is more favorable than Sealed Air.
Apogee Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Sealed Air pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Apogee Enterprises pays out 22.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sealed Air pays out 15.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Apogee Enterprises has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Sealed Air is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
99.8% of Apogee Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.3% of Sealed Air shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Apogee Enterprises shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Sealed Air shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Apogee Enterprises and Sealed Air’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility & Risk
Apogee Enterprises has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sealed Air has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Apogee Enterprises and Sealed Air’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Sealed Air has higher revenue and earnings than Apogee Enterprises. Sealed Air is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Apogee Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Sealed Air beats Apogee Enterprises on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Apogee Enterprises
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. is engaged in the design and development of glass solutions for enclosing commercial buildings and framing art. The Company operates through four segments: Architectural Glass, Architectural Services, Architectural Framing Systems and Large-Scale Optical Technologies (LSO). The Architectural Glass segment fabricates coated glass used in customized window and wall systems. The Architectural Services segment designs, engineers, fabricates and installs the walls of glass, windows and other curtainwall products making up the outside skin of commercial and institutional buildings. The Architectural Framing Systems segment designs, engineers, fabricates and finishes the aluminum frames used in customized aluminum and glass window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. The Large-Scale Optical Technologies segment manufactures glass and acrylic products for the custom picture framing and fine art markets.
About Sealed Air
Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses), Product Care and Corporate. The Food Care segment focuses on providing a range of integrated system solutions. The Food Care business serves primarily perishable food and beverage processors, predominately in fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats, beverages, poultry and dairy (solids and liquids) markets throughout the world. The Product Care segment provides customers with a range of Product Care solutions to meet cushioning, void fill, surface protection, retail display, containment and dunnage needs.
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