Contrasting Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) & Energy Fuels (NYSE:UUUU)

Hecla Mining (NYSE:HLGet Rating) and Energy Fuels (NYSE:UUUUGet Rating) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Hecla Mining has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Fuels has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.8% of Hecla Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.2% of Energy Fuels shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Hecla Mining shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Energy Fuels shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Hecla Mining and Energy Fuels, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hecla Mining 0 0 4 0 3.00
Energy Fuels 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hecla Mining currently has a consensus target price of $7.42, suggesting a potential upside of 58.63%. Given Hecla Mining’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hecla Mining is more favorable than Energy Fuels.


This table compares Hecla Mining and Energy Fuels’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hecla Mining 2.02% 2.76% 1.78%
Energy Fuels -39.53% -14.98% -13.82%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hecla Mining and Energy Fuels’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hecla Mining $807.47 million 3.12 $35.10 million ($0.16) -29.25
Energy Fuels $3.18 million 296.17 $1.54 million $0.01 601.60

Hecla Mining has higher revenue and earnings than Energy Fuels. Hecla Mining is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Energy Fuels, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Hecla Mining beats Energy Fuels on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hecla Mining (Get Rating)

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal properties in the United States and internationally. The company mines for silver, gold, lead, and zinc concentrates, as well as carbon material containing silver and gold for sale to custom smelters, metal traders, and third-party processors,; and doré containing silver and gold. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska; the Lucky Friday mine situated in northern Idaho; the Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada; and the San Sebastian mine situated in the city of Durango, Mexico. The company also holds 100% interests in the Fire Creek mine located in Lander County, Nevada; and the Hollister and Midas mines situated in Elko County, Nevada. Hecla Mining Company was incorporated in 1891 and is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

About Energy Fuels (Get Rating)

Energy Fuels Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the extraction, recovery, exploration, and sale of conventional and in situ uranium recovery in the United States. The company owns and operates the Nichols Ranch project, the Jane Dough property, and the Hank project located in Wyoming; and the Alta Mesa project located in Texas, as well as White Mesa Mill in Utah. It also holds interests in uranium and uranium/vanadium properties and projects in various stages of exploration, permitting, and evaluation located in Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. The company was formerly known as Volcanic Metals Exploration Inc. and changed its name to Energy Fuels Inc. in May 2006. Energy Fuels Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.

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