B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) and Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.4% of Iamgold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares B2Gold Corp and Iamgold Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B2Gold Corp $684.82 million 3.74 $298.06 million N/A N/A
Iamgold Corporation $1.07 billion 2.75 $857.40 million $1.07 5.92

Iamgold Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than B2Gold Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for B2Gold Corp and Iamgold Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B2Gold Corp 0 0 5 0 3.00
Iamgold Corporation 0 5 4 0 2.44

B2Gold Corp presently has a consensus target price of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 81.30%. Iamgold Corporation has a consensus target price of $6.96, indicating a potential upside of 9.93%. Given B2Gold Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe B2Gold Corp is more favorable than Iamgold Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares B2Gold Corp and Iamgold Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B2Gold Corp N/A N/A N/A
Iamgold Corporation 46.75% 1.43% 0.95%

Summary

Iamgold Corporation beats B2Gold Corp on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About B2Gold Corp

B2Gold Corp. (B2Gold) is a Canada-based gold producer with approximately four operating mines and one mine under construction. The Company has a portfolio of other evaluation and exploration projects in various countries, including Mali, Colombia, Burkina Faso, Finland, Chile and Nicaragua. Its material mineral properties consist of three mines and one mine under construction: Otjikoto mine, an open pit gold mine located approximately 300 kilometers north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (Otjikoto Mine); Masbate mine, an open pit gold mine, located near the northern tip of the island of Masbate, over 360 kilometers south-east of Manila (Masbate Gold Project); La Libertad mine, an open pit gold mine located over 110 kilometers due east of Managua and 32 kilometers northeast of Juigalpa, Nicaragua (La Libertad Mine), and Fekola gold project, an open pit gold mine under construction located approximately 40 kilometers south of the city of Kenieba, Mali (Fekola Project).

About Iamgold Corporation

IAMGOLD Corporation (IAMGOLD) is engaged primarily in the exploration for, and the development and production of, mineral resource properties throughout the world. Through its holdings, IAMGOLD has interests in various operations, exploration and development properties. IAMGOLD is a mid-tier mining company with approximately four operating gold mines on over three continents. The Company’s gold mine segment is divided into geographic segments, such as Burkina Faso – Essakane mine; Suriname-Rosebel mine; Canada-Doyon division, which includes the Westwood mine and the Doyon mine, and Joint ventures (Mali)-Sadiola mine (41%) and Yatela mine (40%). The Company’s non-gold segments are divided into Exploration and evaluation, and Corporate, which includes royalty interests located in Canada and investments in associates and joint ventures. In Canada, the Company owns the Westwood mine in Quebec and the Cote Gold project, a development project located in Ontario.

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