RTI International Metals (NYSE: RTI) and Luxfer (NYSE:LXFR) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RTI International Metals and Luxfer’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RTI International Metals N/A N/A N/A $1.20 23.58
Luxfer $414.80 million 0.94 $21.90 million $0.64 23.05

Luxfer has higher revenue and earnings than RTI International Metals. Luxfer is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than RTI International Metals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.3% of Luxfer shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Luxfer pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. RTI International Metals does not pay a dividend. Luxfer pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for RTI International Metals and Luxfer, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RTI International Metals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Luxfer 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares RTI International Metals and Luxfer’s 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%
Luxfer 4.04% 15.13% 5.69%

Summary

Luxfer beats RTI International Metals on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 Luxfer

Luxfer Holdings PLC is a holding company. The Company is a materials technology company specializing in the design, manufacture and supply of materials, components and gas-containment devices for healthcare, environmental, protection and specialty end-markets. It operates through two divisions: Elektron and Gas Cylinders. Its Elektron Division focuses on specialty materials based primarily on magnesium, zirconium and rare earths. It sells its products through two brands, Magnesium Elektron and MEL Chemicals. Its Gas Cylinders Division manufactures and markets specialized products using aluminum, magnesium, carbon composites and steel. It sells its products through two brands, Luxfer Gas Cylinders and Superform. Its customers include both end users of its products and manufacturers that incorporate its products into finished goods. As of December 31, 2016, it had operated 20 manufacturing plants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, the Czech Republic and China.

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