Head-To-Head Comparison: LSB Industries (LXU) vs. Venator Materials (VNTR)

LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU) and Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR) are both small-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for LSB Industries and Venator Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LSB Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Venator Materials 0 3 12 0 2.80

Venator Materials has a consensus price target of $27.60, indicating a potential upside of 53.33%. Given Venator Materials’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Venator Materials is more favorable than LSB Industries.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.4% of LSB Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.4% of Venator Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.2% of LSB Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LSB Industries $427.50 million 0.41 -$29.21 million N/A N/A
Venator Materials $2.21 billion 0.87 $134.00 million $1.74 10.34

Venator Materials has higher revenue and earnings than LSB Industries.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LSB Industries -6.83% -6.65% -2.49%
Venator Materials N/A N/A N/A


Venator Materials beats LSB Industries on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

LSB Industries Company Profile

LSB Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the manufacture and sale of chemical products. The Company operates through chemical business segment. It is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen fertilizer and other nitrogen products in North America. Its principal nitrogen products are ammonia (AN), fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (high density ammonium nitrate prills used in the agricultural industry (HDAN)), urea ammonia nitrate (UAN), and AN solution for agricultural applications, high purity and commercial grade ammonia, high purity AN, sulfuric acids, concentrated, blended and regular nitric acid, mixed nitrating acids, carbon dioxide, and diesel exhaust fluid for industrial applications, and industrial grade AN (low density ammonium nitrate prills used in the mining industry (LDAN)) and 83% AN solution (AN solution) for the mining industry. Its customers include cooperatives and independent fertilizer distributors.

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.

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