Critical Survey: Vista Gold (NYSE:VGZ) & Seabridge Gold (NYSE:SA)

Seabridge Gold (NYSE:SAGet Rating) and Vista Gold (NYSE:VGZGet Rating) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Seabridge Gold has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vista Gold has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Seabridge Gold and Vista Gold, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seabridge Gold 0 0 1 0 3.00
Vista Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A

Seabridge Gold currently has a consensus target price of $0.00, indicating a potential downside of 100.00%.

Profitability

This table compares Seabridge Gold and Vista Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seabridge Gold N/A -1.64% -1.55%
Vista Gold N/A -96.41% -84.76%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.7% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.6% of Vista Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of Vista Gold shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Seabridge Gold and Vista Gold’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seabridge Gold N/A N/A $710,000.00 N/A N/A
Vista Gold N/A N/A -$15.24 million ($0.14) -7.50

Summary

Seabridge Gold beats Vista Gold on 6 of the 7 factors compared between the two stocks.

Seabridge Gold Company Profile (Get Rating)

Seabridge Gold Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and exploration of gold properties in North America. The company also explores for copper, silver, molybdenum, and rhenium deposits. Its principal projects are the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell property and Iskut project located in British Columbia, Canada; Courageous Lake property situated in Northwest Territories, Canada; Snowstorm project located in the Nevada; and 3 Aces project located in the Yukon Territory. The company was formerly known as Seabridge Resources Inc. and changed its name to Seabridge Gold Inc. in June 2002. Seabridge Gold Inc. was incorporated in 1979 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Vista Gold Company Profile (Get Rating)

Vista Gold Corp., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects primarily in Australia. The company's flagship asset is the Mt Todd gold project located in Northern Territory. Vista Gold Corp. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.

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