Berry Global Group (BERY) & Forward Industries (FORD) Critical Survey

Berry Global Group (NYSE:BERY) and Forward Industries (NASDAQ:FORD) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Berry Global Group and Forward Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berry Global Group 6.30% 34.77% 5.12%
Forward Industries 4.31% 8.48% 5.19%

Volatility and Risk

Berry Global Group has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Forward Industries has a beta of -0.11, meaning that its share price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.4% of Berry Global Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.4% of Forward Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Berry Global Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.4% of Forward Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Berry Global Group and Forward Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Berry Global Group $7.87 billion 0.84 $496.00 million $3.37 15.00
Forward Industries $24.76 million 0.55 $570,000.00 N/A N/A

Berry Global Group has higher revenue and earnings than Forward Industries.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Berry Global Group and Forward Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berry Global Group 0 1 8 0 2.89
Forward Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Berry Global Group presently has a consensus target price of $64.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.57%. Given Berry Global Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Berry Global Group is more favorable than Forward Industries.

Summary

Berry Global Group beats Forward Industries on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Berry Global Group Company Profile

Berry Global Group, Inc. manufactures and distributes engineered materials, nonwoven specialty materials, and consumer packaging products. The company operates through three segments: Engineered Materials; Health, Hygiene & Specialties; and Consumer Packaging. It offers engineered materials, including stretch and shrink films, and converter films; trash-can liners and food bags; cloth and foil, splicing and laminating, flame-retardant, vinyl-coated and carton sealing, electrical, double-faced cloth, masking, mounting, OEM, and medical and specialty tapes; and food and consumer films, retail bags, and polyvinyl chloride films. The company also provides components for baby diapers and other absorbent hygiene products, feminine hygiene products, medical garment materials, substrates for dryer sheets, household cleaning wipes, filters, protective house wraps, and specialty agriculture and industrial products; components for adult incontinence, surgical drapes, face masks, corrosion protection, cable wrap, geosynthetics, and specialty filtration products; and a range of products for baby care, infection prevention, and food and household packaging. In addition, it offers containers; foodservice products, such as thermoformed polypropylene and injection-molded plastic drink cups and lids; closures and over caps comprising continuous-thread and child-resistant closures, as well as aerosol over caps; bottle and prescription containers; and extruded and laminate tubes. The company primarily serves healthcare, personal care, and food and beverage markets through direct sales force and distributors in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The company was formerly known as Berry Plastics Group, Inc. and changed its name to Berry Global Group, Inc. in April 2017. Berry Global Group, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.

Forward Industries Company Profile

Forward Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes carry and protective solutions primarily for hand held electronic devices. It provides carrying cases and other accessories for medical monitoring and diagnostic kits; and other portable electronic and non-electronic products, such as sporting and recreational products, bar code scanners, smartphones, GPS location devices, tablets, firearms, and other products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Forward Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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