Reviewing Hecla Mining (HL) & Pall (NYSE:PLL)

Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) and Pall (NYSE:PLL) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Hecla Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Pall does not pay a dividend. Hecla Mining pays out -9.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Hecla Mining and Pall’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hecla Mining -4.68% -2.13% -1.34%
Pall N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.5% of Hecla Mining shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Pall shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Hecla Mining shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hecla Mining and Pall’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hecla Mining $567.14 million 1.76 -$26.56 million ($0.11) -18.64
Pall N/A N/A -$9.95 million ($1.91) -5.81

Pall has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Hecla Mining. Hecla Mining is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pall, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Hecla Mining and Pall, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hecla Mining 1 3 3 0 2.29
Pall 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hecla Mining presently has a consensus price target of $3.96, suggesting a potential upside of 93.03%. Given Hecla Mining’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Hecla Mining is more favorable than Pall.

Summary

Hecla Mining beats Pall on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hecla Mining Company Profile

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal properties worldwide. The company offers lead, zinc, and bulk flotation concentrates to custom smelters and brokers; and unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska; Lucky Friday mine located in northern Idaho; Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada; and San Sebastian mine located in the city of Durango, Mexico. The company also holds 100% interests in the Fire Creek mine located in Lander County, Nevada; and Hollister and Midas mines located in Elko County, Nevada. Hecla Mining Company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Pall Company Profile

Pall Corporation is a filtration, separation and purification company. The Company is a supplier of filtration, separation and purification technologies, principally made by the Company using its engineering capability and fluid management, filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. The Company serves customers through two businesses globally: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Life Sciences business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Medical, BioPharmaceuticals and Food & Beverage markets. The Industrial business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Process Technologies, Aerospace and Microelectronics markets.

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