Head-To-Head Comparison: Vista Gold (NYSE:VGZ) versus Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM)

Vista Gold (NYSE:VGZGet Rating) and Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPMGet Rating) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Vista Gold and Wheaton Precious Metals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vista Gold N/A -96.41% -84.76%
Wheaton Precious Metals 62.82% 9.86% 9.77%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Vista Gold and Wheaton Precious Metals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vista Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A
Wheaton Precious Metals 0 1 5 0 2.83

Wheaton Precious Metals has a consensus price target of $53.40, suggesting a potential upside of 4.11%. Given Wheaton Precious Metals’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Wheaton Precious Metals is more favorable than Vista Gold.

Risk and Volatility

Vista Gold has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wheaton Precious Metals has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vista Gold and Wheaton Precious Metals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vista Gold N/A N/A -$15.24 million ($0.14) -7.57
Wheaton Precious Metals $1.20 billion 19.24 $754.89 million $1.68 30.53

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.6% of Vista Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of Wheaton Precious Metals shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Vista Gold shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Wheaton Precious Metals beats Vista Gold on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vista Gold (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.

About Wheaton Precious Metals (Get Rating)

Wheaton Precious Metals Corp., a mining company, primarily sells precious metals in Canada and internationally. The company sells gold, silver, palladium, and cobalt deposits. It has agreements for 23 operating mining assets and 10 development stage projects. The company was formerly known as Silver Wheaton Corp. and changed its name to Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. in May 2017. Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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