Alumina (OTCMKTS: AWCMY) and KAZ Minerals (OTCMKTS:KZMYY) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings and profitability.
Volatility and Risk
Alumina has a beta of 0.23, meaning that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KAZ Minerals has a beta of 2.88, meaning that its share price is 188% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Alumina and KAZ Minerals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Alumina and KAZ Minerals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|KAZ Minerals||$1.66 billion||3.60||$447.00 million||$0.20||33.45|
KAZ Minerals has higher revenue and earnings than Alumina.
Alumina pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. KAZ Minerals does not pay a dividend.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
0.2% of Alumina shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Alumina shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Alumina and KAZ Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Alumina beats KAZ Minerals on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
Alumina Company Profile
Alumina Limited invests in bauxite mining, alumina refining and selected aluminum smelting operations. The Company’s business undertaking is in the global bauxite, alumina and aluminum industry, which it conducts principally through bauxite mining and alumina refining, with some minor alumina-based chemicals businesses, aluminum smelting and the marketing of those products. The Company conducts these business activities through its joint venture, Alcoa World Alumina & Chemicals (AWAC). AWAC is a producer of alumina and miner of bauxite. AWAC operates mines integrated with alumina refineries in Western Australia and Brazil. Other refineries operate in Spain and Texas in the United States. AWAC’s bauxite deposits are extracted by open cast mining from strata, typically 4 to 6 meters thick under a shallow covering of topsoil and vegetation. The topsoil is removed and stored for later use in restoration of the forest. AWAC supplies bauxite ore to Pinjarra and Kwinana Refineries.
KAZ Minerals Company Profile
KAZ Minerals PLC, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining, processing, and sale of copper concentrates primarily in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It operates through East Region, Bozymchak, Bozshakol, and Aktogay segments. The company operates four underground mines and three concentrators located in the eastern region of Kazakhstan; Bozymchak copper-gold open pit mine located in Kyrgyzstan; the Bozshakol open pit mine in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan; and Aktogay open pit located in eastern Kazakhstan. It also produces and sells zinc, silver, gold, and other by-products. The company was formerly known as Kazakhmys PLC and changed its name to KAZ Minerals PLC in October 2014. KAZ Minerals PLC was founded in 1930 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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