Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ) and Comstock Mining (NYSE:LODE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Turquoise Hill Resources and Comstock Mining’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Turquoise Hill Resources $892.02 million 6.99 $159.41 million $0.06 51.68
Comstock Mining $1.61 million 17.32 -$4.19 million N/A N/A

Turquoise Hill Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Mining.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

32.9% of Turquoise Hill Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Turquoise Hill Resources and Comstock Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Turquoise Hill Resources 14.20% 1.60% 1.01%
Comstock Mining -10,715.09% -98.83% -35.84%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Turquoise Hill Resources and Comstock Mining, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Turquoise Hill Resources 0 3 3 0 2.50
Comstock Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A

Turquoise Hill Resources presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 61.29%. Given Turquoise Hill Resources’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Turquoise Hill Resources is more favorable than Comstock Mining.

Summary

Turquoise Hill Resources beats Comstock Mining on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Turquoise Hill Resources Company Profile

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. is an international mining company. The Company focuses on the operation and further development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Southern Mongolia, which is the Company’s principal material mineral resource property. The Company’s Oyu Tolgoi mine is held through approximately 65% interest in Oyu Tolgoi LLC (Oyu Tolgoi) and the remaining approximately 35% interest is held by Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC (Erdenes). The Company’s Oyu Tolgoi mine is located approximately 550 kilometers south of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city, and 80 kilometers north of the Mongolia-China border. The Company’s Mineralization on the property consists of porphyry-style copper, gold, silver and molybdenum contained in a linear structural trend (the Oyu Tolgoi Trend) of deposits throughout this trend. They include, from south to north, the Heruga Deposit, the Oyut deposit and the Hugo Dummett deposits (Hugo South, Hugo North and Hugo North Extension).

Comstock Mining Company Profile

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.

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