SSR Mining (NASDAQ:SSRM) and Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares SSR Mining and Mesabi Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|SSR Mining||$448.77 million||2.89||$69.31 million||$0.34||31.76|
|Mesabi Trust||$34.56 million||10.08||$33.49 million||N/A||N/A|
This table compares SSR Mining and Mesabi Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SSR Mining and Mesabi Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
SSR Mining presently has a consensus target price of $11.83, suggesting a potential upside of 9.57%. Given SSR Mining’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SSR Mining is more favorable than Mesabi Trust.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
46.9% of SSR Mining shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.5% of Mesabi Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Mesabi Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Mesabi Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.2%. SSR Mining does not pay a dividend. Mesabi Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
Volatility & Risk
SSR Mining has a beta of -0.41, indicating that its share price is 141% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mesabi Trust has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Mesabi Trust beats SSR Mining on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
SSR Mining Company Profile
SSR Mining Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of precious metal resource properties in the Americas. The company primarily explores for gold and silver deposits. Its projects include the Marigold mine located in Humboldt County, Nevada, the United States; and the Seabee Gold Operation located in Saskatchewan, Canada. The company was formerly known as Silver Standard Resources Inc. and changed its name to SSR Mining Inc. in August 2017. SSR Mining Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Mesabi Trust Company Profile
Mesabi Trust, a royalty trust, engages in iron ore mining business in the United States. The company was founded in 1919 and is based in New York, New York.
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