First Majestic Silver Corp. (NYSE: AG) and Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares First Majestic Silver Corp. and Endeavour Silver Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Majestic Silver Corp. 6.67% 3.20% 2.32%
Endeavour Silver Corporation 5.35% 6.33% 4.63%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

26.4% of First Majestic Silver Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.3% of Endeavour Silver Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of First Majestic Silver Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for First Majestic Silver Corp. and Endeavour Silver Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Majestic Silver Corp. 0 6 1 0 2.14
Endeavour Silver Corporation 1 4 4 0 2.33

First Majestic Silver Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $15.67, suggesting a potential upside of 95.83%. Endeavour Silver Corporation has a consensus price target of $6.13, suggesting a potential upside of 102.81%. Given Endeavour Silver Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Endeavour Silver Corporation is more favorable than First Majestic Silver Corp..

Risk & Volatility

First Majestic Silver Corp. has a beta of 0.31, indicating that its stock price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Endeavour Silver Corporation has a beta of -0.01, indicating that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares First Majestic Silver Corp. and Endeavour Silver Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Majestic Silver Corp. $280.67 million 4.71 $105.85 million $0.12 66.67
Endeavour Silver Corporation $151.67 million 2.53 $31.75 million $0.06 50.33

First Majestic Silver Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Endeavour Silver Corporation. Endeavour Silver Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Majestic Silver Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

First Majestic Silver Corp. beats Endeavour Silver Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

First Majestic Silver Corp. Company Profile

First Majestic Silver Corp. is a mining company. The Company is focused on silver production in Mexico and it is pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. The Company operates through eight segments, six of which are located in Mexico; one retail market segment in Canada, and one metal trading segment in Europe. Its segments in Mexico are Santa Elena, La Encantada, La Parrilla, Del Toro, San Martin and La Guitarra. Its segment in Canada is Coins and Bullion Sales, and the segment in Europe is Silver Sales. The Company owns and operates approximately six producing silver mines: the La Encantada Silver Mine, La Parrilla Silver Mine, Del Toro Silver Mine, San Martin Silver Mine, La Guitarra Silver Mine and Santa Elena Silver Mine. The Company’s subsidiaries include First Majestic Plata, S.A. de C.V., Minera El Pilon, S.A. de C.V., Minera La Encantada, S.A. de C.V., Majestic Services, S.A. de C.V., Santa Elena Oro y Plata, S.A. de C.V. and FMS Trading AG.

Endeavour Silver Corporation Company Profile

Endeavour Silver Corp. is engaged in silver mining in Mexico, and related activities, including property acquisition, exploration, development, mineral extraction, processing, refining and reclamation. The Company is engaged in exploration activities in Chile. The Company’s operating mining segments include Guanacevi, Bolanitos and El Cubo, which are located in Mexico, as well as Exploration and Corporate segments. The Exploration segment consists of projects in the exploration and evaluation phases in Mexico and Chile. The Company produces silver-gold from its underground mines at Guanacevi, Bolanitos and El Cubo in Mexico. Its exploration projects include Guadalupe y Calvo, Parral Mine, Terronera and Lourdes. The Company conducts its business primarily in Mexico through its subsidiary companies, such as Endeavour Gold Corporation, S.A. de C.V., Minera Plata Adelante, S.A. de C.V., Refinadora Plata Guanacevi, S.A. de C.V., Minas Lupycal S.A. de C.V. and MXRT Holdings Inc.

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