Primero Mining Corp (NYSE: PPP) and Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ:GOLD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Primero Mining Corp and Randgold Resources Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Primero Mining Corp 1 1 1 0 2.00
Randgold Resources Limited 1 7 6 0 2.36

Primero Mining Corp currently has a consensus price target of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 536.54%. Randgold Resources Limited has a consensus price target of $102.33, suggesting a potential upside of 1.89%. Given Primero Mining Corp’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Primero Mining Corp is more favorable than Randgold Resources Limited.

Volatility and Risk

Primero Mining Corp has a beta of -0.4, suggesting that its share price is 140% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Randgold Resources Limited has a beta of -0.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Primero Mining Corp and Randgold Resources Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Primero Mining Corp -299.62% -2.89% -1.90%
Randgold Resources Limited 22.75% 7.89% 7.33%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

42.0% of Primero Mining Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.7% of Randgold Resources Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Randgold Resources Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Primero Mining Corp does not pay a dividend. Randgold Resources Limited pays out 31.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Primero Mining Corp and Randgold Resources Limited’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Primero Mining Corp N/A N/A N/A ($2.39) -0.07
Randgold Resources Limited $1.32 billion 7.16 $698.29 million $3.13 32.09

Randgold Resources Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Primero Mining Corp. Primero Mining Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Randgold Resources Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Randgold Resources Limited beats Primero Mining Corp on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Primero Mining Corp

Primero Mining Corp. is a precious metals producer with operations in both Mexico and Canada. The Company is focused on building a portfolio of precious metals assets in the Americas through acquiring, exploring, developing and operating mineral resource properties. Its segments include San Dimas, Cerro del Gallo, Black Fox Complex and Corporate. It owns over two producing properties, including the San Dimas gold-silver mine, located in Mexico’s San Dimas district, and the Black Fox mine, located in the Township of Black River-Matheson, Ontario, Canada. It owns properties adjacent to the Black Fox mine, Grey Fox and Pike River, which together with the Black Fox mine and the Black Fox mill, located on the Stock Mill property, comprise the Black Fox Complex. It also owns over two exploration properties, including the Cerro del Gallo gold-silver-copper project, which is located in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, and Ventanas, which is located in Durango State, Mexico.

About Randgold Resources Limited

Randgold Resources Limited is engaged in gold mining, exploration and related activities. The Company’s activities are focused on West and Central Africa. The Company operates through the gold mining segment. The Company operates various mines, such as Morila, Loulo, Gounkoto, Tongon and Kibali. The Company is exploring in African countries, such as Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Company also holds an interest in the Massawa project. The Company holds Morila Limited, which holds interests in the Morila mine in Mali. As of December 31, 2016, Morila mine has produced 122,370 ounces (oz) of gold. The Company holds a controlling interest in the Loulo mine, located in Mali, through Societe des Mines de Loulo SA (Loulo). The Loulo mine is mining from over two underground mines. As of December 31, 2016, Loulo mine has produced 350,604 oz of gold. It has a controlling interest in the Gounkoto mine through Societe des Mines de Gounkoto SA.

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