Head-To-Head Survey: Venator Materials (VNTR) & Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC)

Venator Materials (NYSE: VNTR) and Orion Engineered Carbons (NYSE:OEC) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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45.4% of Venator Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% of Orion Engineered Carbons shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Venator Materials and Orion Engineered Carbons’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Venator Materials N/A N/A N/A
Orion Engineered Carbons 5.69% 123.23% 9.03%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Venator Materials and Orion Engineered Carbons’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Venator Materials $2.21 billion 0.85 $134.00 million $1.74 10.11
Orion Engineered Carbons $1.33 billion 1.19 $75.53 million $1.63 16.23

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Venator Materials and Orion Engineered Carbons, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Venator Materials 0 3 12 0 2.80
Orion Engineered Carbons 0 1 6 0 2.86

Venator Materials currently has a consensus target price of $27.53, indicating a potential upside of 56.44%. Orion Engineered Carbons has a consensus target price of $28.33, indicating a potential upside of 7.12%. Given Venator Materials’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Venator Materials is more favorable than Orion Engineered Carbons.

Dividends

Orion Engineered Carbons pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Venator Materials does not pay a dividend. Orion Engineered Carbons pays out 49.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Orion Engineered Carbons beats Venator Materials on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Venator Materials Company Profile

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 markets its products through specialty distributors, as well as sales and technical services network. Venator Materials PLC was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Orion Engineered Carbons Company Profile

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells carbon black products in Germany, the United States, South Korea, Brazil, China, South Africa, the rest of Europe, and internationally. It operates through two segments, Specialty Carbon Black and Rubber Carbon Black. The company offers post-treated specialty carbon black grades for coatings and printing applications; and various conductive carbon black grades for use in polymer and printing applications, as well as in silicon, non-woven textile, building material, battery electrodes metallurgical, agrochemical, and carbon brush applications. It also provides rubber carbon black products for applications in mechanical rubber goods under the PUREX brand, as well as in tires under the ECORAX brand name. The company was formerly known as Orion Engineered Carbons S.à r.l. and changed its name to Orion Engineered Carbons, S.A. in July 2014. Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Luxembourg. Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. is a subsidiary of Kinove Luxembourg Holdings 1 S.a r.l.

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