Contrasting Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR) & TOR Minerals International (NYSE:TORM)

TOR Minerals International (OTCMKTS:TORM) and Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

40.2% of Venator Materials shares are held by institutional investors. 42.1% of TOR Minerals International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Venator Materials shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares TOR Minerals International and Venator Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TOR Minerals International -5.97% -8.43% -6.54%
Venator Materials -3.26% 6.36% 2.26%

Risk and Volatility

TOR Minerals International has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Venator Materials has a beta of 2.84, suggesting that its share price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for TOR Minerals International and Venator Materials, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TOR Minerals International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Venator Materials 0 5 3 0 2.38

Venator Materials has a consensus target price of $4.82, suggesting a potential upside of 32.09%. Given Venator Materials’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Venator Materials is more favorable than TOR Minerals International.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TOR Minerals International and Venator Materials’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TOR Minerals International $39.43 million 0.16 -$850,000.00 N/A N/A
Venator Materials $2.27 billion 0.17 -$163.00 million $2.20 1.66

TOR Minerals International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Venator Materials.

Summary

Venator Materials beats TOR Minerals International on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TOR Minerals International

TOR Minerals International, Inc. is a manufacturer and seller of mineral products for use as pigments and extenders, primarily in the manufacture of paints, industrial coatings plastics, and solid surface applications. The Company’s specialty mineral products, which include flame retardant and smoke suppressant fillers, engineered fillers, and titanium dioxide (TiO2)-color hybrid pigments, are designed for use in plastics, coatings, paints and catalysts applications, as well as a range of other industrial applications. The Company and its subsidiaries operate in the business of pigment manufacturing and related products in three geographic segments, namely, United States, European and Asian. Its manufacturing plant in the United States is located in Corpus Christi, Texas. HITOX, BARTEX, HALTEX, OPTILOAD and TIOPREM are the products produced at the manufacturing plant. Premium Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) and Boehmite (AMH) products are produced at the Company’s European operation.

About Venator Materials

Venator Materials PLC manufactures and markets chemical products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives. The Titanium Dioxide segment offers titanium dioxide (TiO2), such as rutile, anatase, and nano TiO2 products for use in coatings, plastics, paper, printing inks, fibers, and food and personal care products. The Performance Additives segment provides barium and zinc additives for use in coatings, films, pharmaceuticals, and paper and glass fiber reinforced plastics; colored inorganic pigments comprising iron oxides, ultramarines, specialty inorganics chemicals, and driers for construction, coating, plastic, and specialty markets; and wood protection chemicals for use in residential and commercial applications, as well as water treatment chemicals. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Stockton-On-Tees, the United Kingdom.

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