Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE: ACH) and Noranda Aluminum (OTCMKTS:NORNQ) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.


This table compares Aluminum Corp. of China and Noranda Aluminum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aluminum Corp. of China 1.36% 3.68% 1.31%
Noranda Aluminum N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aluminum Corp. of China and Noranda Aluminum’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aluminum Corp. of China $21.69 billion 0.45 $57.97 million N/A N/A
Noranda Aluminum $1.23 billion 0.00 -$259.60 million N/A N/A

Aluminum Corp. of China has higher revenue and earnings than Noranda Aluminum.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Aluminum Corp. of China and Noranda Aluminum, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aluminum Corp. of China 0 1 2 0 2.67
Noranda Aluminum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Aluminum Corp. of China has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noranda Aluminum has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.4% of Aluminum Corp. of China shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Noranda Aluminum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Aluminum Corp. of China beats Noranda Aluminum on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aluminum Corp. of China

Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco) is an aluminum producer with operations in bauxite and coal mining, alumina refining and primary aluminum smelting. The Company operates through alumina segment, including the mining and purchasing of bauxite and other raw materials, and production and sale of alumina, as well as alumina-related products; primary aluminum segment includes the procurement of alumina, other raw materials, supplemental materials and electricity power, the production and sale of primary aluminum and aluminum-related products; trading segment is engaged in the trading of alumina, primary aluminum, other non-ferrous metal products, and crude fuels; energy segment includes coal mining and power generation, including conventional coal-fire power generation and renewable energy generation, such as wind power and photovoltaic power, and corporate and other operating segment includes corporate and other aluminum-related research, development, and other activities.

About Noranda Aluminum

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation is a producer of primary aluminum, alumina, bauxite and rolled aluminum coils. The Company produces aluminum products in a range of forms, such as billet, rod, sow and foundry. The Company operates through five segments: Bauxite, Alumina, Primary Aluminum, Flat-Rolled Products and Corporate. The Company has two businesses: Upstream Business and Downstream Business. Its Upstream Business consists of three segments: Primary Aluminum, Alumina and Bauxite. The Primary segment consists of a smelter near New Madrid, Missouri (New Madrid). The Alumina segment consists of an alumina refinery near Gramercy, Louisiana (Gramercy). The Bauxite segment consists of a bauxite mining operation (St. Ann). Its Downstream Business consists of its Flat-Rolled Products segment, which is an aluminum foil producer in North America, and consists of approximately four rolling mills at approximately three facilities.

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