Ur-Energy (NYSE: URG) and Uranium Resources (NASDAQ:WWR) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Ur-Energy and Uranium Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ur-Energy 11.13% 12.02% 5.40%
Uranium Resources N/A -21.83% -17.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Ur-Energy and Uranium Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ur-Energy 0 0 2 0 3.00
Uranium Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00

Ur-Energy presently has a consensus target price of $1.50, suggesting a potential upside of 150.38%. Uranium Resources has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 109.79%. Given Ur-Energy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Ur-Energy is more favorable than Uranium Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.5% of Uranium Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Uranium Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ur-Energy and Uranium Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ur-Energy $44.49 million 1.96 $19.56 million N/A N/A
Uranium Resources N/A N/A N/A ($2.32) -0.62

Ur-Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Uranium Resources.

Summary

Ur-Energy beats Uranium Resources on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ur-Energy

Ur-Energy Inc. is an exploration-stage mining company. The Company is engaged in uranium mining, recovery and processing activities, including the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of uranium mineral properties in the United States. Its flagship property is the Lost Creek Project in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. Its land portfolio includes over 10 projects in the United States. Approximately 10 of the United States projects are in the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming, including its flagship project, Lost Creek Project. It controls a total approximately 2,100 unpatented mining claims and over four State of Wyoming mineral leases for a total of approximately 42,000 acres in the area of the Lost Creek Property, including the Lost Creek permit area and certain adjoining properties, which refers to as LC East, LC West, LC North, LC South and EN project areas. Its Wyoming properties together total over 66,000 acres and include over two properties Shirley Basin and Lucky Mc.

About Uranium Resources

Westwater Resources Inc, formerly Uranium Resources, Inc., is engaged in developing energy-related metals. As of December 16, 2016, the Company had developed land position in two prospective lithium brine basins in Nevada and Utah in preparation for exploration and development of any resources that may be discovered there. In addition, it remains focused on advancing the Temrezli in-situ recovery (ISR) uranium project in Central Turkey when uranium prices permit economic development of this project. As of December 16, 2016, it controlled exploration properties in Turkey under nine exploration and operated licenses covering approximately 32,000 acres (over 13,000 hectares) with various exploration targets, including the satellite Sefaatli Project, which is 30 miles southwest of the Temrezli Project. Its projects include Temrezli Project, Kingsville Dome Project, Rosita Project, Vasquez Project, Butler Ranch Exploration Project, Sejita Dome Exploration Project, and lleta Project.

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