Maverix Metals (NYSE:MMX) and Sibanye Gold (NYSE:SBGL) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.2% of Maverix Metals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.2% of Sibanye Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Sibanye Gold shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Maverix Metals and Sibanye Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maverix Metals -21.01% 3.00% 2.43%
Sibanye Gold N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Maverix Metals and Sibanye Gold’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maverix Metals $33.24 million 16.81 -$7.67 million $0.06 72.67
Sibanye Gold $5.04 billion 1.51 $4.50 million ($0.32) -35.56

Sibanye Gold has higher revenue and earnings than Maverix Metals. Sibanye Gold is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Maverix Metals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Maverix Metals and Sibanye Gold, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maverix Metals 0 1 3 0 2.75
Sibanye Gold 0 0 2 0 3.00

Maverix Metals presently has a consensus price target of $7.28, suggesting a potential upside of 66.86%. Given Maverix Metals’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Maverix Metals is more favorable than Sibanye Gold.

Volatility & Risk

Maverix Metals has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sibanye Gold has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About Maverix Metals

Maverix Metals Inc., a precious metals royalty and streaming company, engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties. The company explores for gold, silver, and other precious metals. It holds a portfolio of 46 development and exploration stage royalties in the United States, Canada, Australia, and internationally. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About Sibanye Gold

Sibanye Gold Limited operates as a precious metals mining company in South Africa, the United States, Zimbabwe, Canada, and Argentina. The company produces gold; platinum group metals (PGMs), including palladium, platinum, and rhodium projects; and by-products, such as iridium, ruthenium, nickel, copper, and chrome. It owns the East Boulder and Stillwater mines located in Montana, the United States; and Columbus metallurgical complex, which smelts the material mined to produce PGM-rich filter cake, as well as conducts PGM recycling activities. The company is also involved in the Kroondal, Rustenburg, and Platinum Mile operations located in South Africa; Mimosa located on the southern portion of the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe; the Driefontein, Kloof, and Cooke surface operations located on the West Rand of the Witwatersrand Basin; and the Beatrix located in the southern Free State. In addition, it owns interest in surface tailings retreatment facilities; the Marathon PGM project in Ontario, Canada; the Altar and Rio Grande copper gold projects in the Andes in north-west Argentina; the Hoedspruit, Zondernaam, and Vygenhoek PGM projects in South Africa; and the Burnstone and southern Free State gold projects in South Africa. Sibanye Gold Limited was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Weltevreden Park, South Africa.

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