Comparing Barrick Gold (GOLD) & The Competition

Barrick Gold (NYSE: GOLD) is one of 41 public companies in the “Gold & silver ores” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Barrick Gold to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.


This table compares Barrick Gold and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barrick Gold -21.33% 3.85% 1.68%
Barrick Gold Competitors -13.27% 2.73% 1.99%


Barrick Gold pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Barrick Gold pays out 80.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 34.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Barrick Gold has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Barrick Gold has a beta of -0.52, suggesting that its share price is 152% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barrick Gold’s competitors have a beta of 0.26, suggesting that their average share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

41.7% of Barrick Gold shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.5% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barrick Gold and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Barrick Gold $7.24 billion -$1.55 billion 38.40
Barrick Gold Competitors $1.54 billion -$207.93 million 4.79

Barrick Gold has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Barrick Gold is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Barrick Gold and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barrick Gold 1 10 6 0 2.29
Barrick Gold Competitors 571 2100 1916 73 2.32

Barrick Gold presently has a consensus price target of $14.82, suggesting a potential upside of 10.28%. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies have a potential upside of 25.55%. Given Barrick Gold’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Barrick Gold has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


Barrick Gold competitors beat Barrick Gold on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties. It primarily explores for gold and copper deposits. The company holds a 50% interest in the Veladero mine located in the San Juan Province of Argentina; 50% interest in the KCGM, a gold mine located in Australia; 95% interest in Porgera, a gold mine located in Papua New Guinea; 50% interest in the Zaldívar, a copper mine located in Chile; and 50% interest in the Jabal Sayid, a copper mine located in Saudi Arabia. It also owns gold mines and exploration properties in Africa; and gold projects located in South America and North America. Barrick Gold Corporation has strategic cooperation agreement with Shandong Gold Group Co. Ltd. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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