Nl Industries Inc. has a market cap of $675 million; its shares were traded at around $13.88 with a P/E ratio of 99.14 and P/S ratio of 5.81. The dividend yield of Nl Industries Inc. stocks is 3.6%.
Highlight of Business Operations:We are majority-owned by Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI). At December 31, 2010, Valhi owned approximately 83% of our outstanding common stock. Subsidiaries of Contran Corporation owned approximately 94% of Valhi s outstanding common stock at December 31, 2010. Substantially all of Contran's outstanding voting stock is held by trusts established for the benefit of certain children and grandchildren of Harold C. Simmons (for which Mr. Simmons is the sole trustee) or is held directly by Mr. Simmons or other persons or entities related to Mr. Simmons. Consequently, Mr. Simmons may be deemed to control Contran, Valhi and us.
Industry Overview - Through our majority-owned subsidiary, CompX, we manufacture components that are sold to a variety of industries including office furniture, recreational transportation (including performance boats), mailboxes, tool boxes, home appliances, banking equipment, vending equipment and computer-related equipment. While a significant portion of our sales are to the office furniture market (33% in 2010 and 2009 and 36% in 2008), we continuously seek to diversify into new markets and identify new applications and features for our products which we believe provide a greater potential for higher rates of earnings growth as well as diversification of risk.
In 2010, our ten largest customers accounted for approximately 38% of our total sales; however, no one customer accounted for more than 10% of our sales. Of the 38% of total sales, 13% related to two Security Products customers, 12% related to five Furniture Components customers and 13% related to three customers in both Security Products and Furniture Components. Overall, our customer base is diverse and the loss of any single customer would not have a material adverse effect on our operations.
TiO2 is considered a “quality-of-life” product. Demand for TiO2 has generally been driven by worldwide gross domestic product and has generally increased with rising standards of living in various regions of the world. According to industry estimates, TiO2 consumption, excluding China, has grown at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 2.6% since 1990. Per capita consumption of TiO2 in the United States and Western Europe far exceeds that in other areas of the world, and these regions are expected to continue to be the largest consumers of TiO2. We believe that North America and Western Europe account for approximately 24% and 33% of global TiO2 consumption, respectively. Markets for TiO2 are increasing in South America, Eastern Europe, the Far East and China and we believe that these markets will become significant as economies in these regions continue to develop and quality-of-life products, including TiO2, experience greater demand.
Products and End-Use Markets - Kronos, including its predecessors, has produced and marketed TiO2 in North America and Europe, its primary markets, for over 80 years. In Europe and North America, we estimate Kronos current market share at 22% and 19%, respectively. We believe that Kronos is the largest producer of TiO2 in Europe with approximately one-half of its sales volumes attributable to markets in Europe. The table below shows Kronos market share for our Europe and North America for the last three years.
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