Sealed Air Corporation provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. The company's Food Care segment offers integrated system solutions that incorporate equipment systems into customers' operations; and packaging equipment for loading, filling and dispensing, and retort and aseptic processing conditions. It also provides graphic design, printing, training, field quality assurance, and remote diagnostics services; and clean-in-place and open plant systems that integrate cleaning chemicals, lubricants, floor care equipment, and cleaning and dispensing tools. This segment offers its products under the Cryovac Grip & Tear, Cryovac Darfresh, Cryovac Mirabella, Simple Steps, Secure Check, Enduro Power, and Optidure brands; and the Cryovac and Diversey trademarks. Its Diversey Care segment offers products and dispensing systems for hard surface cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, hand washing, deodorizing, mechanical and manual ware washing, hard surface and carpeted floor cleaning systems, floor cleaning robots, cleaning tools and utensils, and fabric care for professional laundry applications under the Diversey, TASKI, and Intellibot brands. The company's Product Care segment provides packaging solutions for cushioning, void fill, positioning/block-and-bracing, surface protection, retail display, containment, and dunnage needs under the Bubble Wrap and AirCap, Cryovac, Shanklin, Instapak, Jiffy, and Korrvu brands, as well as I-Pack systems and e-Cube systems. Its Other segment offers flexible packaging materials for medical and drug delivery devices; specialty component films for ostomy and colostomy bags; and PVC free films for packing pharmaceutical solutions. The company serves food and beverage processing, food service, retail, healthcare and industrial, and commercial and consumer application markets. Sealed Air Corporation was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Business Analysis of Sealed Air
The Industrial Goods & Services Sector is witnessing a major shakeup, new age business models in the industry are transforming both customers and businesses. Faced with this uncertainity, companies are investing resources to transform their business. An in-depth business analysis is a valuable resource to identify and articulate the need for a business model change. At R&P Research we believe, the starting point for a business analysis is Benchmarking. Business benchmarking can be done at various levels: 1) Industry Benchmarking 2) Peer Benchmarking 3) Disruptors Benchmarking. In this report, we share the snapshot of how Sealed Air compares against the industry on the major performance indicators. This analysis, along with peer group/disruptors benchmarking and revenue model understanding can help identify growth and cost optimization opportunities to maximize the value delivered by Sealed Air to its stakeholders. R&P Research Industry Intelligence Platform provides historical data for last 15 years with an easy to use benchmarking interface for an in-depth comparative business analysis.
Here is the performance snapshot of Sealed Air with an interactive chart.
- Revenue Growth: Sealed Air reported a revenue growth of -3.6% year-on-year during 2016. Containers & Packaging Industry grew at 2.9% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air spent 62.7% of its total revenues on COGS. Containers & Packaging industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 77.3%
- R&D share of Revenues: Sealed Air R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air spent 23.7% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Containers & Packaging industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 11.5%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air spent 9.7% of its total revenues on Inventories. Containers & Packaging industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 12.3%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air invested 13.1% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Containers & Packaging industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 13.1%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air invested 15.2% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Containers & Packaging industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 12.9%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air invested 15.6% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Containers & Packaging industry average PPE investment in the same period was 42.4%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Sealed Air invested 52.6% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Containers & Packaging industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 32.5%
- Net Margins: Sealed Air Net Margins in the year 2016 were 7.2%. Containers & Packaging industry average Net Margins in the same period were 3.4%
Sector and Industry Association of Sealed Air
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Sealed Air is associated with Industrials Sector Group, Industrial Goods & Services Sector, and Containers & Packaging Industry.
Industrial Goods & Services sector is comprised of the following industries: Industrial Conglomerates; Industrial Machinery; Electrical Components & Equipment; Electronic Equipment & Parts; Containers & Packaging. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Industrial Conglomerates industry includes Industrial companies engaged in three or more classes of business within the Industrial industry that differ substantially from each other.
- Industrial Machinery industry includes designers, manufacturers, distributors and installers of industrial machinery and factory equipment, such as machine tools, lathes, presses and assembly line equipment. It also includes makers of pollution control equipment, castings, pressings, welded shapes, structural steelwork, compressors, pumps, bearings, elevators and escalators.
- Electrical Components & Equipment industry consists of manufacturers and distributors of electrical parts for finished products, such as printed circuit boards for radios, televisions and other consumer electronics. It also includes makers of cables, wires, ceramics, transistors, electric adapters, fuel cells and security cameras. Manufacturers of Electric motors and generators and mechanical motion control products are also part of this industry.
- Electronic Equipment & Parts industry includes companies offering Manufacturing and Design services for Engineered Components and Products used in different industries. Companies providing Laser-based manufacturing products are part of this industry.
- Containers & Packaging industry includes producers and distributors of cardboard, bags, boxes, cans, drums, bottles, jars and glass used for packaging. Specialty Packaging Products and Pressure-Sensitive Materials producers are also part of this industry.
Industry Ranking of Sealed Air
With $6.8 billion revenues, Sealed Air ranked number 6 of all the companies in the US Containers & Packaging industry. There were a total of 35 public companies in the US Containers & Packaging industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Containers & Packaging industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- International Paper ($21.1 billion)
- WestRock ($14.2 billion)
- Ball ($9.1 billion)
- Veritiv ($8.3 billion)
- Crown Holdings ($8.3 billion)
- Sealed Air ($6.8 billion)
- Owens-Illinois ($6.7 billion)
- Berry Plastics Group ($6.5 billion)
- Avery Dennison ($6.1 billion)
- Packaging Corporation Of America ($5.8 billion)
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