Venator Materials (NYSE: VNTR) and Valhi (NYSE:VHI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Valhi pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Venator Materials does not pay a dividend. Valhi pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Venator Materials and Valhi’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Venator Materials $2.31 billion 0.95 -$87.00 million N/A N/A
Valhi $1.57 billion 1.13 -$15.90 million $0.22 23.68

Valhi has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Venator Materials.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.2% of Venator Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.1% of Valhi shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Valhi shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Venator Materials and Valhi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Venator Materials N/A N/A N/A
Valhi 4.13% -119.24% 7.22%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Venator Materials and Valhi, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Venator Materials 0 2 11 0 2.85
Valhi 1 0 0 0 1.00

Venator Materials currently has a consensus price target of $27.31, indicating a potential upside of 32.69%. Valhi has a consensus price target of $5.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.03%. Given Venator Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Venator Materials is more favorable than Valhi.

Summary

Venator Materials beats Valhi on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Venator Materials

Venator Materials PLC is a manufacturer and marketer of chemical products. The Company is engaged in manufacturing titanium dioxide (TiO2), functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment and water treatment products. It operates through two segments: Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives. The Company derives TiO2 is from titanium bearing ores and is a white inert pigment that provides whiteness, opacity and brightness to thousands of everyday items, including coatings, plastics, paper, printing inks, fibers, food and personal care products. Functional additives are barium and zinc based inorganic chemicals. It also manufactures zinc and barium functional additives. It also manufactures wood protection chemicals used primarily in residential and commercial applications. The Company operates 27 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries with a total nameplate production capacity of approximately 1.3 million metric tons per year.

About Valhi

Valhi, Inc. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Chemicals, Component Products, Waste Management, and Real Estate Management and Development. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including NL Industries, Inc., Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (Kronos), CompX International Inc. (CompX) and Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS). The Chemicals segment operates through Kronos. Kronos is a producer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2). The Component Products segment operates through CompX. CompX is a manufacturer of security products used in the recreational transportation, postal, office and institutional furniture, cabinetry, tool storage, healthcare and a range of other industries. The Waste Management segment operates through WCS. The Real Estate Management and Development segment operates through Basic Management, Inc. (BMI) and The LandWell Company (LandWell).

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