Owens-Illinois (NYSE: OI) and Ardagh Group (NYSE:ARD) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Owens-Illinois and Ardagh Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Owens-Illinois 0 9 2 0 2.18
Ardagh Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

Owens-Illinois currently has a consensus target price of $25.69, indicating a potential upside of 23.81%. Ardagh Group has a consensus target price of $24.25, indicating a potential upside of 19.40%. Given Owens-Illinois’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Owens-Illinois is more favorable than Ardagh Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Owens-Illinois and Ardagh Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Owens-Illinois $6.87 billion 0.49 $180.00 million $2.65 7.83
Ardagh Group $8.63 billion 0.04 $61.03 million $1.84 11.04

Owens-Illinois has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ardagh Group. Owens-Illinois is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ardagh Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.2% of Owens-Illinois shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.1% of Ardagh Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Owens-Illinois shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Ardagh Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Owens-Illinois does not pay a dividend. Ardagh Group pays out 30.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Owens-Illinois and Ardagh Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Owens-Illinois 3.30% 46.76% 4.42%
Ardagh Group 1.30% -33.07% 4.08%


Owens-Illinois beats Ardagh Group on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Owens-Illinois Company Profile

Owens-Illinois, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells glass containers to food and beverage manufacturers primarily in Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. It produces glass containers for alcoholic beverages, including beer, flavored malt beverages, spirits, and wine. The company is also involved in the production of glass packaging for various food items, soft drinks, teas, juices, and pharmaceuticals. It offers glass containers in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. The company sells its products directly to customers under annual or multi-year supply agreements, as well as through distributors. Owens-Illinois, Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Ardagh Group Company Profile

Ardagh Group S.A. manufactures and supplies rigid packaging solutions primarily for the food and beverage markets worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Metal Packaging Europe, Metal Packaging Americas, Glass Packaging Europe, and Glass Packaging North America. Its metal packaging products include aluminum and steel beverage cans; two-piece aluminum, two-piece tinplate, and three-piece tinplate food and specialty cans; and a range of can ends, including easy-open and peelable ends. The company also offers proprietary and non-proprietary glass containers for various end-use categories, primarily food and beverage. In addition, it is involved in glass engineering, and mold manufacturing and repair activities. The company was formerly known as Ardagh Finance Holdings S.A. and changed its name to Ardagh Group S.A. in February 2017. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Luxembourg. Ardagh Group S.A. is a subsidiary of ARD Finance S.A.

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