Sibanye Gold (NYSE: EXK) and Endeavour Silver (NYSE:EXK) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Sibanye Gold and Endeavour Silver’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Sibanye Gold||$3.45 billion||0.17||-$334.13 million||($0.04)||-59.00|
|Endeavour Silver||$150.50 million||1.91||$9.68 million||$0.08||28.00|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
56.3% of Sibanye Gold shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.2% of Endeavour Silver shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Sibanye Gold shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Sibanye Gold and Endeavour Silver, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Endeavour Silver has a consensus target price of $5.50, suggesting a potential upside of 145.54%. Given Endeavour Silver’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Endeavour Silver is more favorable than Sibanye Gold.
Risk and Volatility
Sibanye Gold has a beta of -0.12, meaning that its stock price is 112% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Endeavour Silver has a beta of -0.35, meaning that its stock price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Sibanye Gold and Endeavour Silver’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Endeavour Silver beats Sibanye Gold on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Sibanye Gold
Sibanye Gold Limited operates as a precious metals mining company in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the United States. The company operates through PGM; and Gold and Uranium divisions. It owns and operates gold, and platinum group metals (PGM), including platinum, palladium, and rhodium operations and projects, as well as produces by-products, such as iridium, ruthenium, nickel, copper, and chrome. The company owns and operates four underground and surface gold operations in the West Witwatersrand region and the southern Free State province of South Africa; and underground and surface PGM operations in the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa, the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, and Montana in the United States. It also owns and manages extraction and processing facilities to produce gold doré; recycles PGMs from catalytic materials and other industrial sources; and operates a smelter and base metal refinery. Sibanye Gold Limited was incorporated in 2002 and is based in Westonaria, South Africa.
About Endeavour Silver
Endeavour Silver Corp., a mid-tier precious metals mining company, engages in the mining, evaluation, acquisition, exploration, development, extraction, processing, refining, and reclamation of silver in Mexico and Chile. The company also explores for gold deposits. It owns interests in the Guanaceví mine located in the Guanaceví district, Durango, Mexico; and the Bolañitos and El Cubo silver-gold mines located in the northern parts of the Guanajuato and La Luz silver districts in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. The company also has interests in various exploration and development projects, including the Terronera property in Jalisco state; the El Compas property in Zacatecas State; and the Parral property located in Chihuahua State, Mexico. In addition, it holds interests in the Guadalupe y Calvo property located in Chihuahua State; and the Lourdes located in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. The company was formerly known as Endeavour Gold Corp. and changed its name to Endeavour Silver Corp. in September 2004. Endeavour Silver Corp. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
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