Critical analysis Ball (NYSE:BALL) and Crown (NYSE:CCK)


Ball (NYSE:BALL – Get Rating) and Crown (NYSE:CCK – Get Rating) are both large-cap industrials companies, but which is the better company? We will compare the two companies based on their risk strength, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Ball 1 1 1 0 2.00
Crown 0 1 8 0 2.89

Ball currently has a consensus target price of $76.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.98%. Crown has a consensus target price of $139.30, indicating a potential upside of 40.47%. Given Crown’s higher consensus rating and likely higher upside, analysts clearly think Crown is more favorable than Ball.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.6% of Ball’s shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 91.5% of Crown shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Ball’s stock is held by insiders. By comparison, 1.8% of Crown shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Ball and Crown.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Ball 7.80% 30.95% 5.85%
Crown -4.63% 39.60% 6.62%

Risk and Volatility

Ball has a beta of 0.56, suggesting its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. By comparison, Crown has a beta of 1.11, suggesting its stock price is 11 % more volatile than the S&P 500.


Ball pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Crown pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Ball pays 23.4% of its earnings as a dividend. Crown pays -19.7% of its profits as a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings over the next few years. Crown has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares Ball and Crown’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Ball $13.81 billion 1.59 $878.00 million $3.42 20.02
Crown $11.39 billion 1.07 -$560.00 million ($4.47) -22.19

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


Crown beats Ball on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ball company profile (Get a rating)

Ball Corporation provides aluminum foil packaging products for the beverage, personal care and household product industries in the United States, Brazil and overseas. 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 soft drink, beer, energy drink and other beverage fillers. 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 defense equipment, tactical solutions for antenna and video, civil and operational space equipment and systems engineering. services. In addition, the company designs, manufactures and tests satellites, remote sensors and ground station control hardware and software; and provides launcher integration and satellite operation services. In addition, it offers target identification, warning and attitude control systems and components; cryogenic systems and associated sensor cooling devices; star trackers; and quick steering mirrors to government agencies or their prime contractors. In addition, the company manufactures and sells extruded aluminum aerosol containers, resealable aluminum bottles, aluminum cups and aluminum caps. Ball Corporation was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado.

Crown Corporation Profile (Get a rating)

Crown Holdings, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells packaging products and equipment for consumer goods and industrial products in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. It offers products for consumer goods, including steel and aluminum cans for the food and beverage industries. The Company also provides products for industrial products, such as steel and plastic strapping consumables and equipment, paper-based protective packaging, and plastic film consumables and equipment for the metal, plastic and plastic industries. food and beverage, construction, agriculture, corrugated and general. In addition, it offers other consumer products, glass bottles for beverage products, steel crowns, aluminum caps, steel wristbands, plastic wristbands, industrial films and other related products. , as well as equipment and tools, such as manual, semi-automatic, and automatic equipment and tools used in end-of-line manufacturing applications to apply industrial solution consumables. Crown Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

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