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Executive Summary

Sonoco Products Company manufactures and sells industrial and consumer packaging products in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer with mediocre balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has Sonoco Products's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SON has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Packaging


US Market

1 Year Return




US Packaging


US Market

Return vs Industry: SON underperformed the US Packaging industry which returned -10% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SON underperformed the US Market which returned 4.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day4.2%3.4%1.9%
30 Day-1.0%-1.2%2.7%
90 Day13.1%14.2%26.4%
1 Year-19.0%-21.6%-7.9%-10.0%6.5%4.3%
3 Year10.2%0.5%0.5%-6.5%35.1%26.2%
5 Year40.9%20.8%33.8%16.7%67.0%48.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Sonoco Products's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Sonoco Products undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SON ($51.87) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($44.48)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SON is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SON is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.5x) compared to the Packaging industry average (16.5x).

PE vs Market: SON is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.5x) compared to the US market (16.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SON is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.7x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SON is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (3x) compared to the US Packaging industry average (3x).

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Future Growth

How is Sonoco Products forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 10 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SON's forecast earnings growth (10.4% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: SON's earnings (10.4% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.7% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SON's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SON's revenue (0.04% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SON's revenue (0.04% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SON's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (16.9%).

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Past Performance

How has Sonoco Products performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SON has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SON's current net profit margins (5.6%) are lower than last year (5.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SON's earnings have grown by 4.5% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SON's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: SON had negative earnings growth (-4.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Packaging industry average (1.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: SON's Return on Equity (17%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Sonoco Products's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SON's short term assets ($1.5B) exceed its short term liabilities ($1.4B).

Long Term Liabilities: SON's short term assets ($1.5B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($1.9B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SON's debt to equity ratio (91.7%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: SON's debt to equity ratio has increased from 83.5% to 91.7% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SON's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (26.2%).

Interest Coverage: SON's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (8.5x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Sonoco Products's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SON's dividend (3.32%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.67%).

High Dividend: SON's dividend (3.32%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.49%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SON's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SON's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (58.1%), SON's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SON's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (53% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Robert Coker (57yo)





Mr. Robert Howard Coker has been CEO, President and Director of Sonoco Products Company since February 2, 2020. He was Senior Vice President of Global Paper/Industrial Converted Products at Sonoco Products ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Robert's total compensation ($USD3.06M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD7.32M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Robert's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Robert Coker
President0.42yrUS$3.06m0.23% $12.1m
Julie Albrecht
VP & CFO1.33yrsUS$1.81m0.0017% $90.0k
Rodger Fuller
Executive Vice President of Global Industrial & Consumer3.5yrsUS$3.25m0.079% $4.1m
Richard Johnson
Corporate VP & Chief Information Officer1.33yrsno datano data
Roger Schrum
Vice President of Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs11.42yrsno data0.0057% $299.2k
John Florence
VP of Human Resources3.67yrsno data0.0033% $172.3k
Marcy Thompson
Vice President of Marketing7yrsno data0.010% $537.6k
Robert Dillard
Corporate Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development0.67yrno data0.00070% $36.4k
Bernd Rost
Managing Director of Molded Plastics - Europe11.92yrsno datano data
Mark Chenhall
Managing Director of Industrial Converting & Consumer Packaging Businesses - Australia & New Zealand9.92yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: SON's management team is considered experienced (3.6 years average tenure).

Board Members

Robert Coker
President0.42yrUS$3.06m0.23% $12.1m
Thomas Whiddon
Independent Director19.5yrsUS$257.00k0.016% $808.7k
Marc Oken
Independent Director14.42yrsUS$246.00k0.0073% $381.5k
Pamela S. Davies
Independent Director16yrsUS$243.00kno data
Blythe McGarvie
Independent Director6.42yrsUS$238.50kno data
James Micali
Independent Lead Director8.42yrsUS$238.75kno data
Philippe Guillemot
Independent Director3yrsUS$222.00kno data
Harry Cockrell
Director7yrsUS$214.50kno data
John Haley
Chairman of the Board1.25yrsUS$359.50k0.24% $12.4m
Richard Kyle
Independent Director5.42yrsUS$231.00kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: SON's board of directors are considered experienced (6.7 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Sonoco Products Company's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Sonoco Products Company
  • Ticker: SON
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1899
  • Industry: Paper Packaging
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: US$5.204b
  • Shares outstanding: 100.33m
  • Website: https://www.sonoco.com

Number of Employees


  • Sonoco Products Company
  • 1 North Second Street
  • Hartsville
  • South Carolina
  • 29550
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SONNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesUSUSDJan 1969
SNSDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURJan 1969


Sonoco Products Company manufactures and sells industrial and consumer packaging products in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates through four segments: Consumer Packaging, Display and Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, and Protective Solutions. The Consumer Packaging segment offers composite and thermoformed plastic round and shaped rigid containers and trays; extruded and injection-molded plastic products; printed flexible packaging products; brand artwork management; and metal and peelable membrane ends and closures. The Display and Packaging segment offers point-of-purchase displays; supply chain management services comprising contract packing, fulfillment, and scalable service centers; retail packaging, including printed backer cards, thermoformed blisters, and heat sealing equipment; and paper amenities, such as coasters and glass covers. The Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment provides paperboard tubes, cones, and cores; fiber-based construction tubes and forms; wooden, metal, and composite wire and cable reels and spools; and recycled paperboard, linerboard, corrugating medium, recovered paper, and material recycling services. The Protective Solutions segment provides custom-engineered, paperboard-based, and expanded foam protective packaging and components; and temperature-assurance packaging products. The company sells its products in various markets, which include paper, textile, film, food, chemical, packaging, construction, and wire and cable. Sonoco Products Company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Hartsville, South Carolina. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/01 23:53
End of Day Share Price2020/07/01 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.