Contrasting Ur-Energy (NYSE:URG) & B2Gold (NYSE:BTG)

Ur-Energy (NYSE:URGGet Rating) and B2Gold (NYSE:BTGGet Rating) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.


This table compares Ur-Energy and B2Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ur-Energy N/A -17.24% -9.37%
B2Gold 21.21% 11.73% 9.81%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Ur-Energy and B2Gold, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ur-Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
B2Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

35.8% of Ur-Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.8% of B2Gold shares are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of Ur-Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ur-Energy and B2Gold’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ur-Energy $20,000.00 16,140.75 -$22.94 million ($0.07) -20.71
B2Gold $1.76 billion 2.11 $420.07 million $0.37 9.43

B2Gold has higher revenue and earnings than Ur-Energy. Ur-Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than B2Gold, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Ur-Energy has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B2Gold has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.


B2Gold beats Ur-Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ur-Energy

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Ur-Energy Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of uranium mineral properties. The company holds interests in 12 projects located in the United States. Its flagship property is the Lost Creek project comprising a total of approximately 1,800 unpatented mining claims and three Wyoming mineral leases covering an area of approximately 48,000 acres located in the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.

About B2Gold

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B2Gold Corp. operates as a gold producer with three operating mines in Mali, the Philippines, and Namibia. It operates the Fekola Mine in Mali, the Masbate Mine in the Philippines, and the Otjikoto Mine in Namibia. The company also has an 25% interest in the Calibre Mining Corp.; and approximately 19% interest in BeMetals Corp. In addition, it has a portfolio of other evaluation and exploration assets in Mali, Uzbekistan, and Finland. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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