Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) and Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alcoa Corp. $10.38 billion 0.67 $1.60 billion N/A N/A
Aluminum Corp. of China Limited $24.42 billion 0.46 $1.97 billion $0.03 572.33

Aluminum Corp. of China Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Alcoa Corp..


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alcoa Corp. 1.63% 3.29% 1.60%
Aluminum Corp. of China Limited 0.96% 1.50% 0.97%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.4% of Aluminum Corp. of China Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Alcoa Corp. and Aluminum Corp. of China Limited, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alcoa Corp. 0 5 14 0 2.74
Aluminum Corp. of China Limited 0 0 1 0 3.00

Alcoa Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $39.07, suggesting a potential upside of 3.35%. Given Alcoa Corp.’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Alcoa Corp. is more favorable than Aluminum Corp. of China Limited.


Alcoa Corp. beats Aluminum Corp. of China Limited on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alcoa Corp. Company Profile

Alcoa Corporation, formerly Alcoa Upstream Corporation, is engaged in the production of bauxite, alumina and aluminum of various cast and rolled products. The Company is engaged in the production and management of aluminum and alumina combined through its participation in various aspects of the industry, such as technology, mining, refining, smelting, and recycling. The Company’s segments include Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminum, Cast Products, Energy and Rolled Products. The Company’s Bauxite segment represents its global portfolio of bauxite mining assets. The Company’s Alumina segment represents its refining system across the world, and processes bauxite into alumina and sells it directly to internal and external smelter customers across the world. The Company’s Aluminum segment represents its smelter system across the world. Its Energy segment represents its portfolio of energy assets, with power production capacity of approximately 1,685 megawatts.

Aluminum Corp. of China Limited Company Profile

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.

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