Head to Head Comparison: Graphic Packaging (GPK) & The Competition

Graphic Packaging (NYSE: GPK) is one of 24 public companies in the “CONTNRS & GLASS” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Graphic Packaging to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Graphic Packaging and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Graphic Packaging $4.40 billion $300.20 million 15.03
Graphic Packaging Competitors $4.63 billion $266.86 million 20.12

Graphic Packaging’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Graphic Packaging. Graphic Packaging is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Graphic Packaging pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Graphic Packaging pays out 30.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CONTNRS & GLASS” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 42.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Graphic Packaging has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.8% of Graphic Packaging shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.3% of shares of all “CONTNRS & GLASS” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Graphic Packaging shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of shares of all “CONTNRS & GLASS” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Graphic Packaging and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Graphic Packaging 6.82% 17.09% 4.13%
Graphic Packaging Competitors 6.97% 26.17% 5.66%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Graphic Packaging and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Graphic Packaging 0 2 6 0 2.75
Graphic Packaging Competitors 137 798 794 12 2.39

Graphic Packaging currently has a consensus target price of $17.08, indicating a potential upside of 17.17%. As a group, “CONTNRS & GLASS” companies have a potential upside of 17.90%. Given Graphic Packaging’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Graphic Packaging has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Graphic Packaging has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Graphic Packaging’s competitors have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Graphic Packaging competitors beat Graphic Packaging on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Graphic Packaging Company Profile

Graphic Packaging Holding Company is a provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a range of products to food, beverage and other consumer product companies. The Company’s segments include Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, Europe Paperboard Packaging, and Corporate and Other. The Paperboard Mills segment includes the Company’s North American paperboard mills, which produce primarily coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled board. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had seven paperboard mills in North America. The Americas Paperboard Packaging segment includes paperboard folding cartons sold primarily to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies serving the food, beverage and consumer product markets in the Americas. The Europe Paperboard Packaging segment includes paperboard folding cartons sold primarily to CPG companies serving the food, beverage and consumer product markets in Europe. The Corporate and Other segment includes the Pacific Rim operating segment.

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