Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Smurfit Kappa Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, distributes, and sells paper-based packaging products.


Mediocre balance sheet with moderate growth potential.

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Share Price & News

How has Smurfit Kappa Group's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SMFK.Y 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: SMFK.Y exceeded the US Packaging industry which returned 13.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SMFK.Y exceeded the US Market which returned 16.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-1.3%-0.1%0.5%
30 Day7.1%1.9%3.9%
90 Day18.4%4.6%6.6%
1 Year20.7%17.4%16.1%13.2%18.7%16.1%
3 Year67.1%55.9%28.0%19.5%47.2%37.7%
5 Year68.6%51.4%47.9%29.2%61.5%43.7%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Smurfit Kappa Group's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News

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Is Smurfit Kappa Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SMFK.Y ($34.51) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($37.42)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SMFK.Y is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SMFK.Y is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the Packaging industry average.

PE vs Market: SMFK.Y is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate SMFK.Y's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SMFK.Y is good value based on its PB Ratio (2.6x) compared to the US Packaging industry average (3.5x).

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Future Growth

How is Smurfit Kappa Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 9 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SMFK.Y is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (2.7%).

Earnings vs Market: SMFK.Y is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: SMFK.Y's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: SMFK.Y's revenue (1.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SMFK.Y's revenue (1.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SMFK.Y's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (18.6%).

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Past Performance

How has Smurfit Kappa Group performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SMFK.Y has large one-off items impacting its financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: SMFK.Y is currently unprofitable.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SMFK.Y is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of -30.7% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare SMFK.Y's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: SMFK.Y is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Packaging industry (-13.9%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: SMFK.Y has a negative Return on Equity (-20.54%), as it is currently unprofitable.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Smurfit Kappa Group's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SMFK.Y's short term assets (€3.0B) exceeds its short term liabilities (€2.5B)

Long Term Liabilities: SMFK.Y's short term assets (€3.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities (4.6B)

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SMFK.Y's debt to equity ratio (125.3%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: SMFK.Y's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 148.9% to 125.3% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SMFK.Y's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (30.9%).

Interest Coverage: SMFK.Y is unprofitable, therefore interest payments are not well covered by earnings.

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SMFK.Y has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SMFK.Y's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.8x debt).

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What is Smurfit Kappa Group's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: SMFK.Y's dividend (3.1%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.43%).

High Dividend: SMFK.Y's dividend (3.1%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.65%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, SMFK.Y has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SMFK.Y's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 8 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: SMFK.Y is paying a dividend but the company is unprofitable.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SMFK.Y's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (39.9% payout ratio).

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What is the CEO of Smurfit Kappa Group's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?


Average management tenure


Tony J. Smurfit (56yo)





Mr. Anthony Paul J. Smurfit, also known as Tony, has been Group Chief Executive Officer of Smurfit Kappa Group plc since September 1, 2015. Mr. Smurfit served as the Chief Operating Officer of Smurfit Kapp ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Tony's total compensation ($USD2.40M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD6.79M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Tony's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.

Management Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: SMFK.Y's management team is seasoned and experienced (5 years average tenure).

Board Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: SMFK.Y's board of directors are considered experienced (4.3 years average tenure).

Insider Trading

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

Ownership Breakdown

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

Management Team

  • Tony J. Smurfit (56yo)

    Group CEO & Director

    • Tenure: 4.2yrs
    • Compensation: €2.17m
  • Paul Regan (56yo)

    Group Treasurer

    • Tenure: 24.8yrs
  • Michael O'Riordan (62yo)

    Group Company Secretary

    • Tenure: 19.8yrs
  • Brian Marshall (62yo)

    Group General Counsel

    • Tenure: 20.8yrs
  • R. Juan Guillermo Castañeda (58yo)

    Chief Executive Officer of the Americas

    • Tenure: 5.8yrs
  • Ken Bowles (48yo)

    Group CFO & Director

    • Tenure: 2.9yrs
    • Compensation: €1.17m
  • Laurent Sellier

    Chief Operations Officer of Paper Europe

    • Tenure: 4.1yrs
  • Steven Stoffer (61yo)

    Group Vice President Development

    • Tenure: 14.8yrs
  • Sharon Whitehead (45yo)

    Group Vice President Human Resources

    • Tenure: 0.8yrs
  • Ruth Cosgrove

    Group Director of Communications

    • Tenure: 0.8yrs

Board Members

  • Frits Beurskens (72yo)

    Non-Executive Director

    • Tenure: 13.9yrs
    • Compensation: €135.00k
  • Christel Bories (55yo)

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    • Tenure: 7yrs
    • Compensation: €90.00k
  • Jim Lawrence (67yo)

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    • Tenure: 4.1yrs
    • Compensation: €90.00k
  • Tony J. Smurfit (56yo)

    Group CEO & Director

    • Tenure: 4.2yrs
    • Compensation: €2.17m
  • Irial Finan (62yo)

    Independent Chairman

    • Tenure: 0.5yrs
    • Compensation: €130.00k
  • John Moloney (65yo)

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    • Tenure: 5.9yrs
    • Compensation: €90.00k
  • Gonzalo Restrepo López (68yo)

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    • Tenure: 4.4yrs
    • Compensation: €90.00k
  • Carol Fairweather (58yo)

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    • Tenure: 1.8yrs
    • Compensation: €117.00k
  • Roberto Newell García (71yo)

    Senior Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.5yrs
    • Compensation: €130.00k
  • Ken Bowles (48yo)

    Group CFO & Director

    • Tenure: 2.9yrs
    • Compensation: €1.17m

Company Information

Smurfit Kappa Group plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Smurfit Kappa Group plc
  • Ticker: SMFK.Y
  • Exchange: OTCPK
  • Founded: 1934
  • Industry: Paper Packaging
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: €7.445b
  • Listing Market Cap: €8.238b
  • Shares outstanding: 236.80m
  • Website: https://www.smurfitkappa.com

Number of Employees


  • Smurfit Kappa Group plc
  • Beech Hill
  • Clonskeagh
  • Dublin
  • Co. Dublin
  • 4
  • Ireland


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SK3ISE (Irish Stock Exchange)YesNew Ordinary SharesIEEURMar 2007
SKGLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesNew Ordinary SharesGBGBPMar 2007
SK3DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesNew Ordinary SharesDEEURMar 2007
SMFT.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesNew Ordinary SharesUSUSDMar 2007
SK3IBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesNew Ordinary SharesGBEURMar 2007
SKGLBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesNew Ordinary SharesGBGBPMar 2007


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Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/11/21 00:20
End of Day Share Price2019/11/20 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

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.