Comstock Mining (NYSE: LODE) and Dorchester Minerals, L.P. (NASDAQ:DMLP) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Comstock Mining and Dorchester Minerals, L.P.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Mining $1.61 million 22.83 -$4.19 million N/A N/A
Dorchester Minerals, L.P. $45.34 million 10.39 $38.15 million $0.95 15.37

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Mining.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Mining and Dorchester Minerals, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Mining -10,715.09% -98.83% -35.84%
Dorchester Minerals, L.P. 65.28% 41.71% 41.15%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.3% of Dorchester Minerals, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of Dorchester Minerals, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. Comstock Mining does not pay a dividend. Dorchester Minerals, L.P. pays out 135.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Comstock Mining and Dorchester Minerals, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dorchester Minerals, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. beats Comstock Mining on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Comstock Mining

Comstock Mining Inc. is a gold and silver mining company. The Company holds properties in the Comstock and Silver City mining districts (collectively, the Comstock District). The Company’s segments include mining and real estate. The mining segment consists of the Company’s activities and expenditures associated with mining. The real estate segment consists of land, real estate rental properties, and a hotel, restaurant and bar provided by the Gold Hill Hotel. The Comstock District is located within the western portion of the Basin and Range Province of Nevada, between Reno and Carson City. The Lucerne Resource area is located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately three miles south of Virginia City and over 30 miles southeast of Reno. Its Dayton Resource area is located in Lyon County, Nevada, approximately six miles south of Virginia City. The Company also owns various non-mining properties, including Daney Ranch, the Gold Hill Hotel, and related homes and cottages.

About Dorchester Minerals, L.P.

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. is a limited partnership company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership and administration of Royalty Properties and net profits interests (NPIs). As of December 31, 2016, the Royalty Properties consisted of producing and nonproducing mineral, royalty, overriding royalty, net profits and leasehold interests located in 574 counties and parishes in 25 states. The NPIs represent net profits overriding royalty interests in various properties owned by the Company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had completed 270 wells on its Royalty Properties in seven states, and 39 new wells completed on its Properties in three states. The Company owns both a royalty interest and a net profits interest. The Company’s general partner is Dorchester Minerals Management LP.

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