Reviewing Valhi (VHI) & Venator Materials (VNTR)

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

Analyst Recommendations

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

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

Valhi currently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential downside of 14.53%. Venator Materials has a consensus target price of $27.46, indicating a potential upside of 30.89%. Given Venator Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Venator Materials is more favorable than Valhi.


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

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


Valhi pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Venator Materials does not pay a dividend. Valhi pays out 34.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Valhi $1.57 billion 1.27 -$15.90 million $0.23 25.44
Venator Materials $2.31 billion 0.97 -$87.00 million $0.55 38.15

Valhi has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Venator Materials. Valhi is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Venator Materials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Venator Materials beats Valhi on 8 of the 14 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

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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