Greif Bros. Corporation (NYSE: GEF) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Greif Bros. Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Greif Bros. Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greif Bros. Corporation 1 3 3 0 2.29
Greif Bros. Corporation Competitors 77 589 396 6 2.31

Greif Bros. Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $57.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.00%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 4.56%. Given Greif Bros. Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Greif Bros. Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Greif Bros. Corporation has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Greif Bros. Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.21, indicating that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Greif Bros. Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Greif Bros. Corporation $3.32 billion $74.90 million 26.44
Greif Bros. Corporation Competitors $4.67 billion $193.44 million 126.80

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.9% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.8% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are held 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.

Dividends

Greif Bros. Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Greif Bros. Corporation pays out 85.7% 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 2.4% and pay out 64.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greif Bros. Corporation 2.65% 15.49% 4.74%
Greif Bros. Corporation Competitors 3.46% 22.74% 3.96%

Summary

Greif Bros. Corporation rivals beat Greif Bros. Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Greif Bros. Corporation Company Profile

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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