A-Mark Precious Metals (NASDAQ: AMRK) and Polymet Mining Corp (NYSE:PLM) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares A-Mark Precious Metals and Polymet Mining Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
A-Mark Precious Metals $6.99 billion 0.02 $10.39 million $0.99 17.13
Polymet Mining Corp N/A N/A -$5.63 million N/A N/A

A-Mark Precious Metals has higher revenue and earnings than Polymet Mining Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for A-Mark Precious Metals and Polymet Mining Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A-Mark Precious Metals 0 1 1 1 3.00
Polymet Mining Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

A-Mark Precious Metals currently has a consensus target price of $21.65, indicating a potential upside of 27.65%. Given A-Mark Precious Metals’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe A-Mark Precious Metals is more favorable than Polymet Mining Corp.

Profitability

This table compares A-Mark Precious Metals and Polymet Mining Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A-Mark Precious Metals 0.10% 9.95% 1.40%
Polymet Mining Corp N/A -5.30% -2.74%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.9% of A-Mark Precious Metals shares are held by institutional investors. 43.0% of A-Mark Precious Metals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

A-Mark Precious Metals pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Polymet Mining Corp does not pay a dividend. A-Mark Precious Metals pays out 32.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

A-Mark Precious Metals beats Polymet Mining Corp on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

A-Mark Precious Metals Company Profile

A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. is a precious metal trading company. The Company is a wholesaler of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion and related products, including bars, wafers, grain and coins. It distributes gold and silver coins and bars from sovereign and private mints; provides financing for the purchase of bullion and numismatics; offers storage for bullion, and offers complementary products, such as consignment, customized finance and liquidity programs, such as repurchase (Repo) accounts, and trade quotes in a variety of foreign currencies. It operates through various business units for accounting purposes, including Industrial, Coin and Bar, Trading, Finance, Collateral Finance Corporation, Transcontinental Depository Services and Logistics. It is an authorized distributor of gold and silver coins for sovereign mints and various private mints. The sovereign mints include the United States Mint, the Australian (Perth) Mint and the Austrian Mint, among others.

Polymet Mining Corp Company Profile

PolyMet Mining Corp. (PolyMet) is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in the exploration and development of natural resource properties. The Company’s sole mineral property is the NorthMet Project, which is located in St. Louis County in the Mesabi Iron Range mining district approximately 60 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota, the United States. The NorthMet Project consists of NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body, and the Erie Plant, a processing facility located approximately six miles from the ore body. The NorthMet Project covers a total of approximately 16,700 acres or over 25.9 square miles. The NorthMet mine site totals approximately 4,300 acres or over 6.5 square miles of leased mineral rights and the Erie Plant site totals approximately 12,400 acres or over 19.4 square miles of freehold land. The Erie Plant consists of crushing, grinding and milling facility.

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