Reviewing Linde (NYSE:LIN) & TOR Minerals International (NYSE:TORM)

Linde (NYSE:LIN) and TOR Minerals International (OTCMKTS:TORM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.8% of Linde shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Linde shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 42.1% of TOR Minerals International 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.



Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Linde $14.90 billion 6.89 $4.38 billion N/A N/A
TOR Minerals International $39.43 million 0.18 -$850,000.00 N/A N/A

Linde has higher revenue and earnings than TOR Minerals International.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Linde and TOR Minerals International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Linde 2 4 12 0 2.56
TOR Minerals International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Linde presently has a consensus target price of $200.91, indicating a potential upside of 6.57%. Given Linde’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Linde is more favorable than TOR Minerals International.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Linde 19.45% 12.10% 7.18%
TOR Minerals International -5.97% -8.43% -6.54%

Risk and Volatility

Linde has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TOR Minerals International has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

Linde Company Profile

Linde plc operates as an industrial gas company in primarily North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and South Korea. The company offers oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene. It also designs and constructs turnkey process plants, such as olefin, natural gas, air separation, and hydrogen and synthesis gas plants. In addition, the company supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders for aircraft, energy, printing, primary metals, petrochemical, textile, and other industries; and manufactures a line of electric arc, plasma and wire spray, and high-velocity oxy-fuel equipment. It serves healthcare, petroleum refining, manufacturing, food, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals, and water treatment industries. Linde plc was founded in 1879 and is based in Guildford, the United Kingdom.

TOR Minerals International Company Profile

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.

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