B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.1% of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for B2Gold Corp and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B2Gold Corp 0 0 5 0 3.00
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 1 3 6 0 2.50

B2Gold Corp presently has a consensus price target of $4.75, suggesting a potential upside of 71.48%. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has a consensus price target of $55.50, suggesting a potential upside of 8.33%. Given B2Gold Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe B2Gold Corp is more favorable than Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.

Dividends

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. B2Gold Corp does not pay a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pays out 36.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. B2Gold Corp has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares B2Gold Corp and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B2Gold Corp $684.82 million 3.96 $298.06 million N/A N/A
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited $2.21 billion 5.36 $932.83 million $1.09 47.00

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has higher revenue and earnings than B2Gold Corp.

Profitability

This table compares B2Gold Corp and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B2Gold Corp N/A N/A N/A
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 11.32% 5.38% 3.40%

Summary

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited beats B2Gold Corp on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

B2Gold Corp Company Profile

B2Gold Corp. (B2Gold) is a Canada-based gold producer with approximately four operating mines and one mine under construction. The Company has a portfolio of other evaluation and exploration projects in various countries, including Mali, Colombia, Burkina Faso, Finland, Chile and Nicaragua. Its material mineral properties consist of three mines and one mine under construction: Otjikoto mine, an open pit gold mine located approximately 300 kilometers north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (Otjikoto Mine); Masbate mine, an open pit gold mine, located near the northern tip of the island of Masbate, over 360 kilometers south-east of Manila (Masbate Gold Project); La Libertad mine, an open pit gold mine located over 110 kilometers due east of Managua and 32 kilometers northeast of Juigalpa, Nicaragua (La Libertad Mine), and Fekola gold project, an open pit gold mine under construction located approximately 40 kilometers south of the city of Kenieba, Mali (Fekola Project).

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited Company Profile

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is a gold producer with mining operations in northwestern Quebec, northern Mexico, northern Finland and Nunavut and exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The Company operates through three business units. The Northern Business consists of its operations in Canada and Finland. The Company’s Canadian properties include the LaRonde mine, the Lapa mine, the Goldex mine, the Meadowbank mine and the Meliadine project, and Canadian Malartic Mine. The operations in Finland include the Kittila mine. The Southern Business consists of its operations in Mexico. Its Pinos Altos mine includes the Creston Mascota deposit. The La India mine is owned by its indirect subsidiary. Its Exploration group focuses on the identification of new mineral reserves and mineral resources, and new development opportunities in gold producing regions. Its exploration activities are concentrated in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

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