Eldorado Gold Corporation (NYSE: EGO) and Iamgold Corporation (NYSE:IAG) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Eldorado Gold Corporation has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Iamgold Corporation has a beta of -0.53, suggesting that its share price is 153% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Eldorado Gold Corporation and Iamgold Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eldorado Gold Corporation 3 6 0 0 1.67
Iamgold Corporation 0 6 3 0 2.33

Eldorado Gold Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $2.88, indicating a potential upside of 130.40%. Iamgold Corporation has a consensus target price of $7.33, indicating a potential upside of 30.92%. Given Eldorado Gold Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Eldorado Gold Corporation is more favorable than Iamgold Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Eldorado Gold Corporation and Iamgold Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eldorado Gold Corporation $650.20 1.53 -$344.15 ($0.03) -41.65
Iamgold Corporation $987.10 2.64 $52.60 $1.07 5.23

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.5% of Eldorado Gold Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of Iamgold Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eldorado Gold Corporation -5.02% 0.51% 0.38%
Iamgold Corporation 46.75% 1.43% 0.95%

Summary

Iamgold Corporation beats Eldorado Gold Corporation on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eldorado Gold Corporation Company Profile

Eldorado Gold Corporation (Eldorado) is a gold exploration, development and mining company. The Company’s geographical segments include Turkey, Brazil, Greece, Romania and Other. The Turkey segment includes the Kisladag and the Efemcukuru mines and exploration activities in Turkey. The Brazil segment includes the Vila Nova mine, Tocantinzinho project and exploration activities in Brazil. The Greece segment includes the Stratoni mine, the Olympias, Skouries, Perama Hill and Sapes projects, and exploration activities in Greece. The Romania segment includes the Certej project and exploration activities in Romania. Other segment includes operations of the Company’s corporate office and exploration activities in other countries. The Company has operations and ongoing exploration and development projects in Turkey, Greece, Brazil and Romania. Its Operating gold mines include Kisladag in Turkey, and Efemcukuru in Turkey.

Iamgold Corporation Company Profile

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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