Teck Resources (NYSE: TECK) and Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RTP) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.7% of Teck Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Teck Resources and Rio Tinto plc’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Teck Resources $9.13 billion 1.47 $3.78 billion $2.66 8.74
Rio Tinto plc N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Teck Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Rio Tinto plc.

Dividends

Teck Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Rio Tinto plc does not pay a dividend. Teck Resources pays out 5.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Teck Resources and Rio Tinto plc, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Teck Resources 0 1 22 0 2.96
Rio Tinto plc 0 0 0 0 N/A

Teck Resources currently has a consensus target price of $29.81, indicating a potential upside of 28.26%.

Profitability

This table compares Teck Resources and Rio Tinto plc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Teck Resources 17.93% 13.01% 6.62%
Rio Tinto plc 17.01% 16.16% 7.28%

Summary

Teck Resources beats Rio Tinto plc on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Teck Resources

Teck Resources Ltd is engaged in the business of exploring for, acquiring, developing and producing natural resources. The Company’s activities are organized into business units that are focused on steelmaking coal, copper, zinc and energy. It operates in five segments: steelmaking coal, copper, zinc, energy and corporate. The corporate segment includes all of its activities in commodities other than copper, coal, zinc and energy. Through its interests in mining and processing operations in Canada, the United States, Chile and Peru, the Company is a seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal, and producer of copper and mined zinc. It also produces lead, molybdenum, silver, and various specialty and other metals, chemicals and fertilizers. In addition, the Company owns interest in the Fort Hills oil sands project and interests in other assets in the Athabasca region of Alberta. It is engaged in advancing porphyry copper projects in Canada, Chile, Peru, the United States and Turkey.

About Rio Tinto plc

Rio Tinto plc is a mining and metals company. The Company’s business is finding, mining and processing mineral resources. The Company’s segments include Iron Ore, Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Other Operations. The Company operates an iron ore business, supplying the global seaborne iron ore trade. Its Iron Ore product operations are located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Aluminium business includes bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminum smelters. Its bauxite mines are located in Australia, Brazil and Guinea. The Copper & Diamonds segment has managed operations in Australia, Canada, Mongolia and the United States, and non-managed operations in Chile and Indonesia. The Energy & Minerals segment consists of mining, refining and marketing operations in over 10 countries, across six sectors: borates, coal, iron ore concentrate and pellets, salt, titanium dioxide and uranium.

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