BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE: BHP) and McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.0% of BHP Billiton Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.8% of McEwen Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of BHP Billiton Limited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.6% of McEwen Mining shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

BHP Billiton Limited has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, McEwen Mining has a beta of -1.25, suggesting that its stock price is 225% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for BHP Billiton Limited and McEwen Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BHP Billiton Limited 1 5 9 0 2.53
McEwen Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A

BHP Billiton Limited presently has a consensus price target of $35.33, suggesting a potential downside of 5.09%. Given BHP Billiton Limited’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe BHP Billiton Limited is more favorable than McEwen Mining.

Dividends

BHP Billiton Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. McEwen Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. McEwen Mining pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares BHP Billiton Limited and McEwen Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BHP Billiton Limited N/A N/A N/A
McEwen Mining 9.35% 0.73% 0.66%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BHP Billiton Limited and McEwen Mining’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BHP Billiton Limited $34.69 billion 2.86 $15.52 billion N/A N/A
McEwen Mining $54.03 million 14.26 -$6.27 million $0.02 123.56

BHP Billiton Limited has higher revenue and earnings than McEwen Mining.

About BHP Billiton Limited

BHP Billiton Limited is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Copper segment is engaged in mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold. The Iron Ore segment is engaged in mining of iron ore. The Coal segment is engaged in mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing. The Company extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia and the Americas. The Company manages product distribution through its global logistics chain, including freight and pipeline transportation. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing.

About McEwen Mining

McEwen Mining Inc. is a mining and minerals production and exploration company. The Company is focused on precious and base metals in Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The Company’s segments include Mexico, Minera Santa Cruz S.A. (MSC), Nevada and Los Azules. The Mexico Operations segment includes properties, such as El Gallo 1 mine and the El Gallo 2 project. The MSC segment includes properties, such as the San Jose mine and other concessions located around the mine. The Company’s properties in Nevada segment include Gold Bar project and exploration properties. The Gold Bar project is a proposed mine project. The Los Azules segment includes various properties, such as Los Azules project, Chonchones project, Laganoso project, La Cerrada project and Other Argentina properties. The Los Azules copper project is an advanced-stage porphyry copper exploration project located in the cordilleran region of San Juan Province, Argentina near the border with Chile.

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