Valhi Inc. Stock Downgraded (VHI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Valhi (NYSE: VHI) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • VHI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, VHI's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.27, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • VALHI INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, VALHI INC reported lower earnings of $0.41 versus $0.64 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 248.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $23.00 million to -$34.20 million.

Valhi, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the chemicals, component products, and waste management businesses. Valhi has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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