Reviewing Ball (NYSE:BALL) and Ball (NYSE:BLL)

Ball (NYSE:BALLGet Rating) and Ball (NYSE:BLLGet Rating) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Ball has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ball has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Ball pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Ball pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Ball pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ball pays out 23.4% 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. Ball has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Ball is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Ball and Ball, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ball 0 1 1 0 2.50
Ball 0 8 6 0 2.43

Ball presently has a consensus price target of $87.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.21%. Ball has a consensus price target of $99.79, indicating a potential upside of 43.60%. Given Ball’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ball is more favorable than Ball.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ball and Ball’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ball $13.81 billion 1.70 $878.00 million $3.42 21.52
Ball $13.81 billion 1.61 $878.00 million $3.42 20.32

Ball is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ball, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Ball and Ball’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ball 7.80% 30.95% 5.85%
Ball 7.80% 30.95% 5.85%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.6% of Ball shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.6% of Ball shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Ball shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Ball shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Ball Company Profile (Get Rating)

Ball Corporation supplies aluminum packaging products for the beverage, personal care, and household products industries in the United States, Brazil, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Beverage Packaging, North and Central America; Beverage Packaging, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Beverage Packaging, South America; and Aerospace. The company manufactures and sells aluminum beverage containers to fillers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, and other beverages. It also develops spacecraft, sensors and instruments, radio frequency systems, and other technologies for the civil, commercial, and national security aerospace markets, as well as offers defense hardware, antenna and video tactical solutions, civil and operational space hardware, and systems engineering services. In addition, the company designs, manufactures, and tests satellites, remote sensors, and ground station control hardware and software; and provides launch vehicle integration and satellite operational services. Further, it offers target identification, warning, and attitude control systems and components; cryogenic systems and associated sensor cooling devices; star trackers; and fast-steering mirrors to the government agencies or their prime contractors. Additionally, the company manufactures and sells extruded aluminum aerosol containers, recloseable aluminum bottles, aluminum cups, and aluminum slugs. Ball Corporation was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado.

Ball Company Profile (Get Rating)

Ball Corp. provides metal packaging for beverages, foods, and household products. It operates through the following business segments: Beverage Packaging North and Central America, Beverage Packaging South America, Beverage Packaging Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Aerospace. The Beverage Packaging North and Central America segment includes multi-year supply contracts to fillers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, and other beverages. The Beverage Packaging South America segment includes beverage containers in South America, and the manufacture of substantially all the metal beverage containers in Brazil. The Beverage Packaging EMEA segment consists of metal beverage containers in Europe, and other packaging materials used by the European beer and carbonated soft drink industries. The Aerospace segment provides diversified technical services and products to government agencies, prime contractors, and commercial organizations for a broad range of information warfare, electronic warfare, avionics, intelligence, training, and space system needs. The company was founded by Edmund Burke Ball, Frank Clayton Ball, George A. Ball, Lucius Lorenzo Ball, and William Cha

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