Gold Standard Ventures (NYSE: GSV) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Gold Standard Ventures to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Gold Standard Ventures has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gold Standard Ventures’ peers have a beta of 2.43, meaning that their average stock price is 143% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Gold Standard Ventures and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gold Standard Ventures 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gold Standard Ventures Competitors 407 1162 1276 42 2.33

Gold Standard Ventures presently has a consensus price target of $1.10, suggesting a potential upside of 52.78%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential downside of 3.00%. Given Gold Standard Ventures’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Gold Standard Ventures is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gold Standard Ventures and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Gold Standard Ventures N/A -$7.32 million -24.00
Gold Standard Ventures Competitors $1.62 billion -$30.91 million 11.51

Gold Standard Ventures’ peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Gold Standard Ventures. Gold Standard Ventures 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

17.6% of Gold Standard Ventures shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.1% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.9% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by insiders. 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 Gold Standard Ventures and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gold Standard Ventures N/A -1.67% -1.64%
Gold Standard Ventures Competitors -16.82% -5.21% 0.63%

Summary

Gold Standard Ventures peers beat Gold Standard Ventures on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About Gold Standard Ventures

Gold Standard Ventures Corp., an exploration stage company, engages in the acquisition and exploration of gold-bearing mineral resource properties in Nevada. Its flagship property is the Railroad-Pinion project covering approximately 53,569 gross acres of land in Elko County, Nevada. The company also holds a 100% right, title, and interest in mining claims with gold and silver deposit in Lewis Gold project that is located in the Battle Mountain Mining District in Lander County, Nevada. It owns or has an option on the ownership of approximately 29,941 gross acres of subsurface mineral rights in the form of patented or unpatented mineral lode; and approximately 23,628 gross acres of subsurface mineral rights varies from 49.2% to 100%. Gold Standard Ventures Corp. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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