Kronos Worldwide Inc. has a market cap of $2.96 billion; its shares were traded at around $52.21 with a P/E ratio of 39.55 and P/S ratio of 2.6. The dividend yield of Kronos Worldwide Inc. stocks is 1.92%.
Highlight of Business 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 they will become significant as economies in these regions continue to develop and quality-of-life products, including TiO2, experience greater demand.
At December 31, 2010, approximately 50% of our common stock was owned by Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI) and approximately 30% was owned by NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NL). Valhi also owns approximately 83% of NL Industries outstanding common stock. Subsidiaries of Contran Corporation held approximately 94% of Valhi s outstanding common stock. Substantially all of Contran Corporation s outstanding voting stock is held by trusts established for the benefit of certain descendants of Harold C. Simmons (of which Mr. Simmons is trustee), or is held by persons or other entities related to Mr. Simmons. Consequently, Mr. Simmons may be deemed to control all of these companies.
We, including our predecessors, have produced and marketed TiO2 in North America and Europe, our primary markets, for over 80 years. In Europe and North America, we estimate our current market share at 22% and 19%, respectively. We believe we are the largest producer of TiO2 in Europe with approximately one-half of our sales volumes attributable to markets in Europe. The table below shows our market share for our significant markets, Europe and North America, for the last three years.
We produced 524,000 metric tons of TiO2 in 2010, up from the 402,000 metric tons we produced in 2009. Such production amounts include our 50% interest in the TiO2 manufacturing joint-venture discussed below. Our average production capacity utilization rates were near full capacity in 2008 and 2010 and approximately 76% in 2009. In late 2008, and as a result of the sharp decline in global demand, we experienced a build up in our inventory levels. In order to decrease our inventory levels and improve our liquidity, we implemented production curtailments during the first half of 2009. Consequently, our average production capacity utilization rates were approximately 58% during the first half of 2009 as compared to 94% during the second half of 2009.
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