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

Dividends

Valhi pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Venator Materials PLC does not pay a dividend. Valhi pays out 72.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Valhi 1.93% -78.36% 5.73%
Venator Materials PLC -2.28% -29.92% -1.89%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Valhi $1.74 billion 0.44 $236.20 million $0.11 20.64
Venator Materials PLC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Valhi has higher revenue and earnings than Venator Materials PLC.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Valhi and Venator Materials PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Valhi 0 0 0 0 N/A
Venator Materials PLC 0 1 10 0 2.91

Venator Materials PLC has a consensus target price of $23.82, indicating a potential upside of 6.86%. Given Venator Materials PLC’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Venator Materials PLC is more favorable than Valhi.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.2% 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, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Valhi beats Venator Materials PLC on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

About Venator Materials PLC

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.

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