Critical Survey: Armstrong Flooring (AFI) and AptarGroup (ATR)

Armstrong Flooring (NYSE: AFI) and AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) are both construction companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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This table compares Armstrong Flooring and AptarGroup’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Armstrong Flooring -3.69% 0.97% 0.62%
AptarGroup 8.91% 16.97% 7.50%

Dividends

AptarGroup pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Armstrong Flooring does not pay a dividend. AptarGroup pays out 37.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AptarGroup has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Armstrong Flooring has a beta of 2.27, indicating that its stock price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AptarGroup has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Armstrong Flooring and AptarGroup, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Armstrong Flooring 0 4 1 0 2.20
AptarGroup 1 6 1 0 2.00

Armstrong Flooring presently has a consensus price target of $24.20, suggesting a potential upside of 77.55%. AptarGroup has a consensus price target of $84.14, suggesting a potential downside of 4.92%. Given Armstrong Flooring’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Armstrong Flooring is more favorable than AptarGroup.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.3% of Armstrong Flooring shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of AptarGroup shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Armstrong Flooring shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of AptarGroup shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Armstrong Flooring $1.13 billion 0.31 -$41.80 million $0.21 64.90
AptarGroup $2.47 billion 2.23 $220.03 million $3.44 25.73

AptarGroup has higher revenue and earnings than Armstrong Flooring. AptarGroup is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Armstrong Flooring, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

AptarGroup beats Armstrong Flooring on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Armstrong Flooring Company Profile

Armstrong Flooring, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sources, and sells flooring products in North America and the Pacific Rim. It operates through two segments, Resilient Flooring and Wood Flooring. The Resilient Flooring segment offers a range of floor coverings primarily for homes and commercial buildings under the Armstrong brand; and luxury vinyl tile products, vinyl tile flooring, vinyl sheet products, and laminate products, as well as installs and maintains materials and accessories. The Wood Flooring segment provides hardwood flooring products under the Armstrong and Bruce brand names for use in residential construction and renovation, as well as in commercial applications, including stores, restaurants, and offices. This segment offers pre-finished solid and engineered wood flooring products, as well as related accessories. The company sells its products to independent wholesale flooring distributors, large home centers, retailers, flooring contractors, and the manufactured homes industry, as well as through architects, designers, end users, and regional and national builders. Armstrong Flooring, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

AptarGroup Company Profile

AptarGroup, Inc. is a provider of a range of packaging, dispensing and sealing solutions, primarily for the beauty, personal care, homecare, prescription drug, consumer healthcare, injectables, food and beverage markets. The Company has manufacturing facilities located throughout the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company operates through three segments: Beauty + Home, Pharma and Food + Beverage. It offers various dispensing and sealing solutions. Its primary products are dispensing pumps, closures, aerosol valves and elastomeric primary packaging components. Its elastomeric components also include pre filled syringe components, such as plungers, needle shields, tip caps and cartridges, as well as dropper bulbs and syringe plungers. Its Beauty + Home segment primarily sells pumps, closures, aerosol valves, accessories and sealing solutions to the personal care and home care markets, and pumps and decorative components to the beauty market.

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