AuRico Gold (AUQ) versus Stillwater Mining (SWC) Critical Contrast

AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ) and Stillwater Mining (NYSE:SWC) are both precious metals & minerals – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.3% of Stillwater Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Stillwater Mining shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for AuRico Gold and Stillwater Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AuRico Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A
Stillwater Mining 0 1 0 0 2.00

Stillwater Mining has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.56%. Given Stillwater Mining’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stillwater Mining is more favorable than AuRico Gold.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AuRico Gold and Stillwater Mining’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AuRico Gold N/A N/A N/A ($0.70) -4.09
Stillwater Mining N/A N/A N/A $0.08 225.00

AuRico Gold is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stillwater Mining, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares AuRico Gold and Stillwater Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AuRico Gold -53.95% -8.75% -6.19%
Stillwater Mining 2.80% 2.63% 1.83%

Summary

Stillwater Mining beats AuRico Gold on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

AuRico Gold Company Profile

AuRico Gold Inc (AuRico Gold), is a gold producer with mines and projects in North America. The Company’s operations include the Young-Davidson mine in Ontario, Canada and the El Chanate mine in Sonora, Mexico. The Company’s project pipeline also includes exploration and development in Canada and Mexico. The Company owns the Young-Davidson mine, located near the town of Matachewan in Northern Ontario, Canada. The property consists of mineral leases and claims totaling 4,733 hectares. The Company owns the El Chanate mine, located 37 kilometers northeast of the town of Caborca in the state of Sonora, Mexico. El Chanate consists of an open pit mine with heap leach processing facilities. The Company’s Kemess Underground project is a gold and copper project located in north-central British Columbia, Canada, approximately 430 kilometers northwest of Prince George. The Company also has interest in Las Lajas Project and Santa Fe Project.

Stillwater Mining Company Profile

Stillwater Mining Company is engaged in the development, extraction, processing, smelting and refining of palladium, platinum and associated metals (platinum group metals (PGMs)) produced by mining a geological formation in south-central Montana, known as the J-M Reef. The Company operates through five segments: Mine Production, PGM Recycling, Canadian Properties, South American Properties and All Other. The Company is engaged in recycling spent catalytic converters and other industrial sources. The Company is also engaged in expanding its mining development along the J-M Reef, and holds exploration-stage properties at the Marathon PGM copper property, adjacent to Lake Superior in northern Ontario, Canada (Marathon), and at the Altar copper-gold property in San Juan province, Argentina. In addition to palladium and platinum, the Company’s operations produce associated by-product metals, including nickel, copper and minor amounts of gold, silver and rhodium.

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