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

Volatility & Risk

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, Coeur Mining has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Majestic Silver Corp. and Coeur Mining’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Majestic Silver Corp. $280.67 million 4.63 $105.85 million $0.12 65.59
Coeur Mining $723.53 million 2.14 $221.93 million $0.58 14.74

Coeur Mining has higher revenue and earnings than First Majestic Silver Corp.. Coeur Mining 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for First Majestic Silver Corp. and Coeur Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Majestic Silver Corp. 0 6 1 0 2.14
Coeur Mining 0 2 5 0 2.71

First Majestic Silver Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $15.67, suggesting a potential upside of 99.07%. Coeur Mining has a consensus price target of $11.79, suggesting a potential upside of 37.91%. Given First Majestic Silver Corp.’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe First Majestic Silver Corp. is more favorable than Coeur Mining.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

26.4% of First Majestic Silver Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.2% of Coeur Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of First Majestic Silver Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Coeur Mining shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares First Majestic Silver Corp. and Coeur Mining’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%
Coeur Mining 13.05% 14.07% 6.94%

Summary

Coeur Mining beats First Majestic Silver Corp. on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About First Majestic Silver Corp.

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.

About Coeur Mining

Coeur Mining, Inc. is a gold and silver producer. The Company has its mines located in the United States, Mexico, and Bolivia and exploration projects in Mexico and Argentina. Its segments include Palmarejo, Rochester, Kensington, Wharf, San Bartolome mines, Coeur Capital and Other. The Palmarejo complex is located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Rochester mine is located in Pershing County, Nevada, approximately 13 miles northeast of the city of Lovelock. The Kensington underground gold mine and associated milling facilities are located on the east side of the Lynn Canal over 45 miles north-northwest of Juneau, Alaska. The Wharf mine is located in the northern Black Hills of western South Dakota. The San Bartolome silver mine is located on the flanks of the Cerro Rico Mountain bordering the town of Potosi, in the department of Potosi, Bolivia. Coeur Capital segment consists of the Endeavor silver stream. The Other segment includes the La Preciosa project and Joaquin project.

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