Critical Analysis: Sealed Air (SEE) and The Competition

Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Sealed Air to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.9% of Sealed Air shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.3% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Sealed Air shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Sealed Air and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sealed Air 20.15% 67.60% 5.49%
Sealed Air Competitors 2.78% 22.00% 3.85%

Volatility and Risk

Sealed Air has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sealed Air’s rivals have a beta of 1.20, suggesting that their average stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Sealed Air pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Sealed Air pays out 61.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 64.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sealed Air and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sealed Air $6.78 billion $486.40 million 47.32
Sealed Air Competitors $4.42 billion $182.22 million 138.58

Sealed Air has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Sealed Air is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Sealed Air and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sealed Air 0 6 6 0 2.50
Sealed Air Competitors 84 599 405 6 2.30

Sealed Air currently has a consensus price target of $49.20, suggesting a potential downside of 0.02%. As a group, “Non-Paper Containers & Packaging” companies have a potential upside of 3.00%. Given Sealed Air’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sealed Air has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


Sealed Air beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Sealed Air Company Profile

Sealed Air Corporation is engaged in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection business. The Company’s segments are Food Care (includes Corporate, Medical Applications and New Ventures businesses), Product Care and Corporate. The Food Care segment focuses on providing a range of integrated system solutions. The Food Care business serves primarily perishable food and beverage processors, predominately in fresh red meat, smoked and processed meats, beverages, poultry and dairy (solids and liquids) markets throughout the world. The Product Care segment provides customers with a range of Product Care solutions to meet cushioning, void fill, surface protection, retail display, containment and dunnage needs.

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