Contrasting Ball (NYSE:BALL) and Silgan (NASDAQ:SLGN)

Silgan (NASDAQ:SLGN – Get Rating) and Ball (NYSE:BALL – Get Rating) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Silgan and Ball’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silgan $5.68 billion 0.85 $359.08 million $3.33 13.06
Ball $13.81 billion 1.62 $878.00 million $3.42 20.39

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.8% of Silgan shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.6% of Ball shares are held by institutional investors. 24.4% of Silgan 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, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is owned for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Silgan and Ball, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell ​​Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silgan one 3 6 0 2.50
Ball 0 0 0 0 N/A

Silgan currently has a consensus target price of $50.70, indicating a potential upside of 16.55%. Given Silgan’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Silgan is more favorable than Ball.

Volatility & Risk

Silgan has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silgan 6.30% 25.33% 5.15%
Ball 7.80% 30.95% 5.85%


Silgan pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Ball pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Silgan pays out 19.2% of his 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. Silgan has raised its dividend for 19 consecutive years. Silgan is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.


Ball beats Silgan on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Silgan (GetRating)

Silgan Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells rigid packaging for consumer goods products in North America, Europe, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Dispensing and Specialty Closures, Metal Containers, and Custom Containers. The Metal Containers segment manufactures and sells steel and aluminum containers for food products, such as pet food, vegetables, soups, proteins, tomato based products, adult nutritional drinks, fruits, and other miscellaneous food products, as well as general line metal containers primarily for chemicals. The Dispensing and Specialty Closures segment offers a range of metal and plastic closures, and dispensing systems for use in food, beverage, health care, garden, home, personal care, and beauty products, as well as capping/sealing equipment and detection systems. The Custom Containers segment manufactures and sells custom designed and stock plastic containers for use in personal care and health care; food and drinks; household and industrial chemicals; pharmaceuticals; pet food and care; agriculture; automotive; and marine chemical products. This segment also provides plastic thermoformed barrier and non-barrier bowls, and trays for food products, such as soups, other ready-to-eat meals, and pet food products; and plastic closures, caps, sifters, and fitments, as well as thermoformed tubs for food, household, and personal care products, including soft fabric wipes. The company markets its products primarily through direct sales force, as well as through a network of distributors and an online shopping catalog. Silgan Holdings Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

About Ball (GetRating)

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.

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