Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ: PGLC) and Alio Gold (NYSE:ALO) 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 dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pershing Gold Corporation and Alio Gold’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A N/A -$14.69 million ($0.59) -5.10
Alio Gold $127.57 million 1.12 $46.66 million N/A N/A

Alio Gold has higher revenue and earnings than Pershing Gold Corporation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pershing Gold Corporation and Alio Gold, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pershing Gold Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Alio Gold 0 1 0 0 2.00

Pershing Gold Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $7.88, indicating a potential upside of 161.63%. Given Pershing Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Pershing Gold Corporation is more favorable than Alio Gold.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.3% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.8% of Pershing Gold Corporation 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -41.87% -39.49%
Alio Gold N/A N/A N/A


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

Pershing Gold Corporation Company Profile

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.

Alio Gold Company Profile

Alio Gold Inc, formerly Timmins Gold Corp, is a Canada-based gold producer engaged in the operation, development, exploration and acquisition of resource properties in Mexico through its subsidiaries, Timmins Goldcorp Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Molimentales del Noroeste, S.A. de C.V. (MdN). MdN owns the San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico. MdN also owns the Caballo Blanco Property, an exploration and evaluation asset in Veracruz, Mexico. The Mine and the La Chicharra pit are collectively known as the Gold Property. The Company also holds the Ana Paula gold project, which is an advanced stage development project in the Guerrero Gold Belt. The Guerrero Gold Belt project consists of over two claims totaling approximately 4,200 hectares at the north-west end of the Guerrero Gold Belt, with approximately 38,000 additional hectares in the surrounding area. Ana Paula is located in the north central part of the State of Guerrero in southern Mexico, 180 kilometers from Mexico City.

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