BlueFire Renewables (BFRE) vs. Kronos Worldwide (KRO) Head-To-Head Review

BlueFire Renewables (OTCMKTS:BFRE) and Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for BlueFire Renewables and Kronos Worldwide, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlueFire Renewables 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kronos Worldwide 1 1 1 0 2.00

Kronos Worldwide has a consensus price target of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 81.47%. Given Kronos Worldwide’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kronos Worldwide is more favorable than BlueFire Renewables.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.8% of Kronos Worldwide shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Kronos Worldwide shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments 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%. BlueFire Renewables does not pay a dividend. Kronos Worldwide pays out 40.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares BlueFire Renewables and Kronos Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlueFire Renewables N/A N/A N/A
Kronos Worldwide 12.34% 24.22% 10.65%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlueFire Renewables and Kronos Worldwide’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlueFire Renewables N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kronos Worldwide $1.66 billion 0.97 $354.50 million $1.77 7.89

Kronos Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than BlueFire Renewables.

Summary

Kronos Worldwide beats BlueFire Renewables on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

BlueFire Renewables Company Profile

BlueFire Renewables, Inc. focuses on developing, owning, and operating carbohydrate-based transportation fuel plants or bio-refineries to produce ethanol in North America. Its bio-refineries would convert organic materials, such as agricultural residues, high-content biomass crops, wood residues, and cellulose from municipal solid wastes into ethanol. The company has a technology license agreement with Arkenol, Inc. to use and sub-license the Arkenol technology that converts cellulose and waste materials into ethanol and other high value chemicals. It also focuses on providing professional services to bio-refineries worldwide. BlueFire Renewables, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Mission Viejo, California.

Kronos Worldwide Company Profile

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.

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