Prepare Yourself for Liftoff: Sealed Air Corporation (SEE)

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) stock fell -1.71% on Thursday to $40.22 against a previous-day closing price of $40.92. With 0.69 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 1.19 million shares. During the session, the Packaging & Containers company that operates in wider Consumer Cyclical sector, reached to the highest price of $40.76 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $39.92. The 52-week range on SEE shows that it touched its highest point at $64.07 and its lowest point at $40.69 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $54.67. With its current market cap of 5.78 billion, SEE has annualized dividend of $0.80 while the current yield stands at 1.99%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.26.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of SEE was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -4.65%, but this was down by -12.34% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -18.02% while six-month performance fell -22.85%. The stock lost -34.24% in the past year, while it has lost -19.37% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for SEE yields 2.77 with Next year EPS estimates of 4.10. For the next quarter, that number is 0.75. This implies an EPS growth rate of 3.40% for this year and 14.17% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 2.40% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 44.80%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 144.10 million SEE shares are outstanding with a float of 143.90 million shares on hand for trading. On Apr 27, 2023, short shares totaled 2.17 million, which was 1.51% higher than short shares on Mar 30, 2023. In addition to Mr. Edward L. Doheny II as the firm’s CEO, Pres & Director, Mr. Christopher J. Stephens Jr. serves as its Principal Accounting Officer, Sr. VP & CFO.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 94.20% of SEE’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 57.44% of SEE, in contrast to 5.44% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 33.86%. As the largest shareholder in SEE with 11.40% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 16,407,644 shares worth 16,407,644. A second-largest stockholder of SEE, T. Rowe Price Investment Manageme, holds 10,733,849 shares, controlling over 7.46% of the firm’s shares. BlackRock Advisors LLC is the third largest shareholder in SEE, holding 8,397,117 shares or 5.83% stake. With a 3.69% stake in SEE, the T Rowe Price Mid Cap Growth Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 5,306,900 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund, which owns about 3.60% of SEE stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 5,179,945 shares valued at 248.59 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF holds 3.11% of the stake in SEE, owning 4,479,109 shares worth 214.95 million.

An Overview of Recent Financials:

Understanding a company as a customer does not mean you will understand it as an investor. The wise investor uses quantitative research to analyze metrics such as revenue, net income, and earnings. In its fiscal quarter reported on Mar 30, 2023, SEE reported revenue of $1.42B and operating income of $230.20M. The EBITDA in the recently reported quarter was $209.00M and diluted EPS was $0.77.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for SEE since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With SEE analysts setting a high price target of $64.00 and a low target of $42.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $53.25. Based on these targets, SEE could surge 59.12% to reach the target high and rise by 4.43% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 32.4% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded SEE stock several times over the past three months with 2 Buys and 5 Sells. In these transactions, 64,348 shares were bought while 34,937 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 36 while that of sell transactions has risen to 53 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 534,881 while 328,047 shares were sold.

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