Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) and C-Bond Systems (OTCMKTS:CBNT) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kronos Worldwide and C-Bond Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kronos Worldwide 1 1 1 0 2.00
C-Bond Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kronos Worldwide currently has a consensus price target of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 81.47%. Given Kronos Worldwide’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Kronos Worldwide is more favorable than C-Bond Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Kronos Worldwide and C-Bond Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kronos Worldwide 12.34% 24.22% 10.65%
C-Bond Systems N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.8% of Kronos Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Kronos Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 45.8% of C-Bond Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Kronos Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. C-Bond Systems does not pay a dividend. Kronos Worldwide pays out 40.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kronos Worldwide and C-Bond Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kronos Worldwide $1.66 billion 0.97 $354.50 million $1.77 7.89
C-Bond Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Kronos Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than C-Bond Systems.

Summary

Kronos Worldwide beats C-Bond Systems on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kronos Worldwide

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. produces and markets titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2) in Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It produces TiO2 in two crystalline forms, rutile and anatase to impart whiteness, brightness, opacity, and durability for various products, such as paints, coatings, plastics, paper, fibers, and ceramics, as well as for various specialty products, such as inks, food, and cosmetics. The company also produces ilmenite, a raw material used directly as a feedstock by sulfate-process TiO2 plants; iron-based chemicals, which are used as treatment and conditioning agents for industrial effluents and municipal wastewater, as well as in the manufacture of iron pigments, cement, and agricultural products; titanium oxychloride for use in the formulation of pearlescent pigments, and production of electroceramic capacitors for cell phones and other electronic devices; and titanyl sulfate that is used in pearlescent pigments, natural gas pipe, and other specialty applications. In addition, it sells and provides technical services for its products. The company sells its products under the Kronos brand through distributors and agents to paint, plastics, decorative laminate, and paper manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Kronos Worldwide, Inc. is a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc.

About C-Bond Systems

WestMountain Alternative Energy, Inc. develops nanotechnology C-Bond, designed to increase the strength of brittle materials and increase the strength, safety, and performance levels of glass and window film products. The C-Bond technology enables ordinary glass to dissipate energy by permeating the glass surface and detecting microscopic flaws and defects that are distributed over the glass surface. Its products include NanoShield, C-Bond I, and C-Bond II. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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