Analyzing Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) and Taseko Mines (NYSE:TGB)

Taseko Mines (NYSE:TGBGet Rating) and Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGCGet Rating) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Taseko Mines has a beta of 2.22, suggesting that its stock price is 122% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kinross Gold has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Taseko Mines and Kinross Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Taseko Mines 11.37% 16.28% 4.90%
Kinross Gold -12.88% 6.27% 3.95%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Taseko Mines $345.68 million 1.37 $29.10 million $0.15 11.00
Kinross Gold $3.73 billion 1.59 $221.20 million ($0.36) -12.64

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Taseko Mines and Kinross Gold, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Taseko Mines 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kinross Gold 0 4 8 0 2.67

Kinross Gold has a consensus target price of $8.23, indicating a potential upside of 80.86%. Given Kinross Gold’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kinross Gold is more favorable than Taseko Mines.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.1% of Taseko Mines shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.6% of Kinross Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Taseko Mines shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Kinross Gold shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Taseko Mines beats Kinross Gold on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Taseko Mines Company Profile (Get Rating)

Taseko Mines Limited, a mining company, acquires, develops, and operates mineral properties. The company explores for copper, molybdenum, gold, niobium, and silver deposits. It holds 75% interest in the Gibraltar mine located in British Columbia. It also holds 100% interest in Yellowhead copper project, the Aley niobium project, and the New Prosperity gold and copper project located in British Columbia; and the Florence copper project located in Arizona. The company was incorporated in 1966 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Kinross Gold Company Profile (Get Rating)

Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of gold properties principally in the United States, the Russian Federation, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, and Mauritania. It is also involved in the extraction and processing of gold-containing ores; reclamation of gold mining properties; and production and sale of silver. Kinross Gold Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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