Lithium Americas (NYSE: LAC) is one of 50 publicly-traded companies in the “Metal mining” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Lithium Americas to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
8.2% of Lithium Americas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.9% of shares of all “Metal mining” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.4% of shares of all “Metal mining” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Lithium Americas and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Lithium Americas||$4.29 million||-$33.25 million||-9.75|
|Lithium Americas Competitors||$6.29 billion||$843.29 million||15.54|
Lithium Americas’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Lithium Americas. Lithium Americas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Lithium Americas and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Lithium Americas Competitors||365||1146||1346||82||2.39|
Lithium Americas presently has a consensus price target of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 121.45%. As a group, “Metal mining” companies have a potential upside of 29.83%. Given Lithium Americas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Lithium Americas is more favorable than its peers.
This table compares Lithium Americas and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Lithium Americas Competitors||-313.37%||-20.92%||-4.43%|
Lithium Americas peers beat Lithium Americas on 9 of the 12 factors compared.
About Lithium Americas
Lithium Americas Corp. operates as a resource company in the United States. The company explores for lithium deposits. It primarily holds interests in the Cauchari-Olaroz Project located in Jujuy province of Argentina; and the Lithium Nevada Project covering approximately 15,233 hectares of area located in northwestern Nevada. The company also manufactures and sells organoclay products that are used in complex oil and gas drilling and other applications. The company was formerly known as Western Lithium USA Corporation and changed its name to Lithium Americas Corp. in March 2016. Lithium Americas Corp. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
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