B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) and Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ:PGLC) 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, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.5% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.8% of Pershing Gold Corporation 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares B2Gold Corp and Pershing Gold Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B2Gold Corp $685.30 million 3.80 $318.37 million N/A N/A
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A N/A -$14.69 million ($0.59) -4.75

B2Gold Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Pershing Gold Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares B2Gold Corp and Pershing Gold Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B2Gold Corp N/A N/A N/A
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -40.82% -38.78%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for B2Gold Corp and Pershing Gold Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B2Gold Corp 0 2 8 0 2.80
Pershing Gold Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

B2Gold Corp presently has a consensus target price of $4.94, suggesting a potential upside of 84.93%. Pershing Gold Corporation has a consensus target price of $7.08, suggesting a potential upside of 152.98%. Given Pershing Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pershing Gold Corporation is more favorable than B2Gold Corp.

Summary

B2Gold Corp beats Pershing Gold Corporation on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About B2Gold Corp

B2Gold Corp. (B2Gold) is a Canada-based gold producer with approximately four operating mines and one mine under construction. The Company has a portfolio of other evaluation and exploration projects in various countries, including Mali, Colombia, Burkina Faso, Finland, Chile and Nicaragua. Its material mineral properties consist of three mines and one mine under construction: Otjikoto mine, an open pit gold mine located approximately 300 kilometers north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (Otjikoto Mine); Masbate mine, an open pit gold mine, located near the northern tip of the island of Masbate, over 360 kilometers south-east of Manila (Masbate Gold Project); La Libertad mine, an open pit gold mine located over 110 kilometers due east of Managua and 32 kilometers northeast of Juigalpa, Nicaragua (La Libertad Mine), and Fekola gold project, an open pit gold mine under construction located approximately 40 kilometers south of the city of Kenieba, Mali (Fekola Project).

About Pershing Gold Corporation

Pershing Gold Corporation is a gold and precious metals exploration company. The Company focuses on exploration, development and mining opportunities in Nevada. The Company is focused on exploration at its Relief Canyon properties in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada. The Company operates its business directly and also through its subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. Gold Acquisition Corp. owns and is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon Mine property in northwestern Nevada. The Company is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon expansion properties. The Relief Canyon Mine includes approximately three open pit mines, heap leach pads consisting of approximately six cells, approximately two solution ponds and a cement block constructed adsorption desorption-recovery (ADR) solution processing circuit. The Pershing Pass property includes approximately 490 lode mining claims. The Company has not generated any revenues.

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