Tronox (OTCMKTS: TROX) and PURE Bioscience (OTCMKTS:PURE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tronox and PURE Bioscience’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tronox N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
PURE Bioscience $1.83 million 36.93 -$6.26 million ($0.10) -9.95

Tronox has higher earnings, but lower revenue than PURE Bioscience.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Tronox and PURE Bioscience, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tronox 0 0 3 0 3.00
PURE Bioscience 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tronox presently has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Tronox’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Tronox is more favorable than PURE Bioscience.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of PURE Bioscience shares are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of PURE Bioscience shares are held by 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 Tronox and PURE Bioscience’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tronox N/A N/A N/A
PURE Bioscience -342.05% -208.61% -110.10%

Summary

Tronox beats PURE Bioscience on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tronox

Tronox Limited is engaged in production and marketing of titanium bearing mineral sands and titanium dioxide pigment (TiO2). The Company’s TiO2 products are critical components of everyday applications, such as coatings, plastics, paper and other applications. The Company’s mineral sands business consists primarily of two product streams: titanium feedstock and zircon. The Company operates in three segments: mineral sands, pigment and corporate and other. The corporate and other include its electrolytic manufacturing business. It has operations in North America, Europe, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company operates three TiO2 facilities at the locations in Hamilton, Mississippi, Botlek, The Netherlands, and Kwinana, Western Australia, representing approximately 465,000 tons of annual TiO2 production capacity.

About PURE Bioscience

PURE Bioscience, Inc. is focused on developing and commercializing antimicrobial products that provide solutions to the health and environmental challenges of pathogen and hygienic control. The Company’s technology platform is based on stabilized ionic silver and its products contain silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC). It offers PURE Hard Surface as a food contact surface sanitizer and disinfectant to restaurant chains and food processors. It is testing and continuing development of PURE Control to utilize PURE Control as a direct food contact processing aid for raw meats, including beef and pork. In addition to PURE Hard Surface and PURE Control, it manufactures and sells SDC-based products for end use; products preserved with SDC, and SDC as a raw material ingredient for manufacturing use. These products include PURE Multi-Purpose and Floor Cleaner Concentrate, PURE Multi-Purpose Hi-Foam Cleaner Concentrate, Axen 30, Axenohl and SILVERION.

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