Teck Resources (NYSE: TECK) and Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.0% of Teck Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.3% of Rio Tinto shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Teck Resources and Rio Tinto’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Teck Resources 19.40% 12.85% 6.92%
Rio Tinto N/A N/A N/A


Teck Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Rio Tinto pays an annual dividend of $2.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Teck Resources pays out 4.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Rio Tinto pays out 69.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Volatility & Risk

Teck Resources has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rio Tinto has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Teck Resources and Rio Tinto, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Teck Resources 1 2 11 1 2.80
Rio Tinto 1 7 6 0 2.36

Teck Resources currently has a consensus target price of $29.64, indicating a potential upside of 7.32%. Rio Tinto has a consensus target price of $54.79, indicating a potential upside of 2.81%. Given Teck Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Teck Resources is more favorable than Rio Tinto.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Teck Resources and Rio Tinto’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Teck Resources $6.97 billion 2.26 $785.40 million $3.41 8.10
Rio Tinto $33.78 billion 2.13 $4.62 billion $3.43 15.54

Rio Tinto has higher revenue and earnings than Teck Resources. Teck Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Rio Tinto, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Teck Resources beats Rio Tinto on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Teck Resources

Teck Resources Ltd is engaged in the business of exploring for, acquiring, developing and producing natural resources. The Company’s activities are organized into business units that are focused on steelmaking coal, copper, zinc and energy. It operates in five segments: steelmaking coal, copper, zinc, energy and corporate. The corporate segment includes all of its activities in commodities other than copper, coal, zinc and energy. Through its interests in mining and processing operations in Canada, the United States, Chile and Peru, the Company is a seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal, and producer of copper and mined zinc. It also produces lead, molybdenum, silver, and various specialty and other metals, chemicals and fertilizers. In addition, the Company owns interest in the Fort Hills oil sands project and interests in other assets in the Athabasca region of Alberta. It is engaged in advancing porphyry copper projects in Canada, Chile, Peru, the United States and Turkey.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto plc is a mining and metals company. The Company’s business is finding, mining and processing mineral resources. The Company’s segments include Iron Ore, Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Other Operations. The Company operates an iron ore business, supplying the global seaborne iron ore trade. Its Iron Ore product operations are located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Aluminium business includes bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminum smelters. Its bauxite mines are located in Australia, Brazil and Guinea. The Copper & Diamonds segment has managed operations in Australia, Canada, Mongolia and the United States, and non-managed operations in Chile and Indonesia. The Energy & Minerals segment consists of mining, refining and marketing operations in over 10 countries, across six sectors: borates, coal, iron ore concentrate and pellets, salt, titanium dioxide and uranium.

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