Comstock Mining (NYSE: LODE) and MAG Silver Corp (NYSE:MAG) are both small-cap integrated mining companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Comstock Mining and MAG Silver Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Mining N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -1.56
MAG Silver Corp N/A N/A N/A ($0.67) -16.09

MAG Silver Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comstock Mining, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Comstock Mining and MAG Silver Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A
MAG Silver Corp 0 0 5 2 3.29

MAG Silver Corp has a consensus target price of $17.63, suggesting a potential upside of 63.50%. Given MAG Silver Corp’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MAG Silver Corp is more favorable than Comstock Mining.

Volatility & Risk

Comstock Mining has a beta of -0.73, suggesting that its stock price is 173% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MAG Silver Corp has a beta of 0.45, suggesting that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Mining and MAG Silver Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Mining -10,715.09% -98.83% -35.84%
MAG Silver Corp N/A -3.01% -3.00%

Summary

MAG Silver Corp beats Comstock Mining on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

MAG Silver Corp Company Profile

MAG Silver Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of projects located within the Mexican silver belt. The Company operates through the exploration of mineral properties in Mexico segment. The Company’s projects include Juanicipio Property, Cinco De Mayo Property and Guigui Property. Juanicipio Property is located in the Fresnillo District, Zacatecas State, Mexico. The Juanicipio Property includes silver-gold-lead-zinc epithermal vein deposit. The Company owns the mineral concessions comprising the Cinco de Mayo Property. The Cinco de Mayo Property is located approximately 190 kilometers northwest of the city of Chihuahua, in northern Chihuahua State, Mexico, and covers approximately 25,110 hectares. The Company owns the Guigui project located in the Santa Eulalia Mining District of Chihuahua, Mexico. Guigui project consists of approximately 8,300 hectares.

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