Cambrian Minerals Group (OTCMKTS:SMPR) and U.S. Silica (NYSE:SLCA) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.


U.S. Silica pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Cambrian Minerals Group does not pay a dividend. U.S. Silica pays out 16.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cambrian Minerals Group and U.S. Silica’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A -$590,000.00 N/A N/A
U.S. Silica $1.24 billion 0.78 $145.20 million $1.50 8.31

U.S. Silica has higher revenue and earnings than Cambrian Minerals Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cambrian Minerals Group and U.S. Silica, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cambrian Minerals Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
U.S. Silica 2 6 12 0 2.50

U.S. Silica has a consensus price target of $27.22, indicating a potential upside of 118.48%. Given U.S. Silica’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Silica is more favorable than Cambrian Minerals Group.


This table compares Cambrian Minerals Group and U.S. Silica’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A N/A
U.S. Silica 8.05% 12.40% 6.09%

Risk & Volatility

Cambrian Minerals Group has a beta of -6.3, meaning that its stock price is 730% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Silica has a beta of 2.21, meaning that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.


U.S. Silica beats Cambrian Minerals Group on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cambrian Minerals Group Company Profile

Standard Metals Processing, Inc., an exploration stage company, focuses on operating as a custom toll milling and processing company in the western United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Its custom processing toll milling is a process whereby mined material is crushed and ground into fine particles to extract various precious minerals contained therein, such as gold, silver, and platinum metal groups. The company focuses on the laboratory testing, pilot testing, and custom processing of precious metal ores and concentrates from mining industry clients. Its assets include land covering 1,183 deeded acres in Esmeralda County, Nevada; buildings; mine tailings; a dormant milling facility; abandoned milling equipment; and water permits. The company was formerly known as Standard Gold Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Standard Metals Processing, Inc. in December 2013. Standard Metals Processing, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Gadsden, Alabama.

U.S. Silica Company Profile

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. produces and sells commercial silica in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. It offers whole grain commercial silica products to be used as fracturing sand in connection with oil and natural gas recovery; and resin coated proppants, as well as sells its whole grain silica products in various size distributions, grain shapes, and chemical purity levels for manufacturing glass products. The company also provides ground commercial silica products for use in plastics, rubber, polishes, cleansers, paints, glazes, textile fiberglass, and precision castings; and fine ground silica for use in premium paints, specialty coatings, sealants, silicone rubber, and epoxies. In addition, it offers other industrial mineral products, such as aplite, a mineral used to produce container glass and insulation fiberglass; adsorbent made from a mixture of silica and magnesium for preparative and analytical chromatography applications; and White Armor, a product line of cool roof granules used in industrial roofing applications. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. serves oilfield services companies, and exploration and production companies that are engaged in hydraulic fracturing; and industrial and specialty products end markets. The company was formerly known as GGC USS Holdings, Inc. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland.

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