Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE: EXK) and Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ:SSRM) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.1% of Endeavour Silver Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.4% of Silver Standard Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Endeavour Silver Corporation and Silver Standard Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Endeavour Silver Corporation 1 3 4 0 2.38
Silver Standard Resources 0 3 3 0 2.50

Endeavour Silver Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $5.80, indicating a potential upside of 134.82%. Silver Standard Resources has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 34.23%. Given Endeavour Silver Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Endeavour Silver Corporation is more favorable than Silver Standard Resources.


This table compares Endeavour Silver Corporation and Silver Standard Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Endeavour Silver Corporation 4.58% 4.68% 3.54%
Silver Standard Resources 20.37% 10.69% 6.84%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Endeavour Silver Corporation and Silver Standard Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Endeavour Silver Corporation $139.79 million 2.25 $22.30 million $0.05 49.40
Silver Standard Resources N/A N/A N/A $0.86 12.13

Endeavour Silver Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Silver Standard Resources. Silver Standard Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Endeavour Silver Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Silver Standard Resources beats Endeavour Silver Corporation on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Endeavour Silver Corporation

Endeavour Silver Corp. is engaged in silver mining in Mexico, and related activities, including property acquisition, exploration, development, mineral extraction, processing, refining and reclamation. The Company is engaged in exploration activities in Chile. The Company’s operating mining segments include Guanacevi, Bolanitos and El Cubo, which are located in Mexico, as well as Exploration and Corporate segments. The Exploration segment consists of projects in the exploration and evaluation phases in Mexico and Chile. The Company produces silver-gold from its underground mines at Guanacevi, Bolanitos and El Cubo in Mexico. Its exploration projects include Guadalupe y Calvo, Parral Mine, Terronera and Lourdes. The Company conducts its business primarily in Mexico through its subsidiary companies, such as Endeavour Gold Corporation, S.A. de C.V., Minera Plata Adelante, S.A. de C.V., Refinadora Plata Guanacevi, S.A. de C.V., Minas Lupycal S.A. de C.V. and MXRT Holdings Inc.

About Silver Standard Resources

SSR Mining Inc, formerly Silver Standard Resources Inc, is a Canada-based resource company. The Company is engaged in the operation, acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal resource properties located in the Americas. The Company’s segments include Pirquitas mine, Marigold mine, Seabee Gold Operation, and Exploration and evaluation properties. The Company has three producing mines and a portfolio of silver resource dominant projects located throughout the Americas. The Company is focused on silver production from the Pirquitas mine in Argentina and gold production from the Marigold mine in Nevada, the United States. The Company’s other projects include Seabee Gold Operation in Saskatchewan, Canada and Pirquitas mine in Jujuy, Argentina. The Marigold mine produced approximately 205,116 ounces of gold. The Seabee Gold Operation produced approximately 77,640 ounces of gold. The Pirquitas mine produced approximately 10.4 million ounces of silver.

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