Minerals Technologies (NYSE: MTX) and Rockwood (NYSE:ROC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
96.0% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings for Minerals Technologies and Rockwood, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Minerals Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $80.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.12%.
This table compares Minerals Technologies and Rockwood’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Minerals Technologies and Rockwood’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Minerals Technologies||$1.68 billion||1.41||$195.10 million||$5.47||12.18|
Minerals Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Rockwood.
Minerals Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Rockwood does not pay a dividend. Minerals Technologies pays out 3.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Minerals Technologies beats Rockwood on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Minerals Technologies
Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces and markets a range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services around the world. It operates through four segments. The Specialty Minerals segment produces and sells the synthetic mineral product precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), mines mineral ores, and processes and sells natural mineral products, primarily limestone and talc. The Performance Materials segment is a supplier of bentonite and bentonite-related products to industrial and consumer markets globally. The Refractories segment produces and markets monolithic and shaped refractory materials and specialty products, services and application and measurement equipment. The Energy Services segment offers a range of services to improve the production, costs, compliance and environmental impact of activities performed in the oil and gas industry.
Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (Rockwood) is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials used for industrial and commercial purposes. Rockwood is focused on surface treatment and lithium chemicals, advanced ceramics, titanium dioxide pigments, iron-oxide pigments, timber-treatment chemicals and clay-based additives. Its products consist primarily of inorganic chemicals and solutions and engineered materials. As of December 31, 2012, it manufactured its products in 80 facilities in more than twenty countries and sold its products and services to more than 60,000 customers. The Company operates in five segments: Lithium, Surface Treatment, Performance Additives and Advanced Ceramics. In September 2014, the Company sold its Titanium Dioxide Pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman Corp.
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