RTI International Metals (NYSE: RTI) and U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for RTI International Metals and U.S. Silica Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RTI International Metals 0 0 0 0 N/A
U.S. Silica Holdings 1 2 17 0 2.80

U.S. Silica Holdings has a consensus price target of $53.61, suggesting a potential upside of 92.62%. Given U.S. Silica Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Silica Holdings is more favorable than RTI International Metals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RTI International Metals and U.S. Silica Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RTI International Metals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
U.S. Silica Holdings $855.38 million 2.64 $124.18 million $0.13 214.08

U.S. Silica Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than RTI International Metals.

Profitability

This table compares RTI International Metals and U.S. Silica Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RTI International Metals 2.28% 2.28% 1.16%
U.S. Silica Holdings 1.60% 1.92% 1.12%

Dividends

U.S. Silica Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. RTI International Metals does not pay a dividend. U.S. Silica Holdings pays out 192.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

About RTI International Metals

RTI International Metals, Inc. is a producer and global supplier of titanium mill products and a manufacturer of fabricated titanium and specialty metal components for the national and international aerospace, defense, energy, medical device, and other consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: the Titanium segment and Engineered Products and Services (EP&S) segment. The Titanium Segment melts, processes, produces, forges, stocks, distributes, finishes, cuts-to-size, and facilitates just-in-time delivery services of a complete range of titanium mill products, which are further processed by its customers for use in a variety of commercial aerospace, defense, and industrial and consumer applications. The EP&S Segment is comprised of companies with significant hard and soft-metal expertise that form, extrude, fabricate, machine, additively manufacture, micro-machine, and assemble titanium, aluminum, and other specialty metal parts and components.

About U.S. Silica Holdings

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. is a domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is an input into a range of end markets. The Company operates in two segments: Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. In the Oil & Gas Proppants segment, it serves the oil and gas recovery market providing fracturing sand, or frac sand, which is pumped down oil and natural gas wells to prop open rock fissures and manage the flow rate of natural gas and oil from the wells. As of December 31, 2016, the Industrial & Specialty Products segment consisted of over 215 products and materials, which are used in a range of industries, including container glass, fiberglass, specialty glass, flat glass, building products, fillers and extenders, foundry products, chemicals, recreation products and filtration products. It produces and sells a range of commercial silica products, including whole grain and ground products, as well as other industrial mineral products.

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