Comstock Mining (NYSE: LODE) and A-Mark Precious Metals (NASDAQ:AMRK) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Comstock Mining and A-Mark Precious Metals’ 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%
A-Mark Precious Metals 0.10% 9.95% 1.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Comstock Mining and A-Mark Precious Metals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A
A-Mark Precious Metals 0 1 1 1 3.00

A-Mark Precious Metals has a consensus price target of $21.65, suggesting a potential upside of 31.13%. Given A-Mark Precious Metals’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe A-Mark Precious Metals is more favorable than Comstock Mining.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Comstock Mining and A-Mark Precious Metals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Mining $1.61 million 20.35 -$4.19 million N/A N/A
A-Mark Precious Metals $6.99 billion 0.02 $10.39 million $0.99 16.68

A-Mark Precious Metals has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Mining.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.9% of A-Mark Precious Metals shares are owned by institutional investors. 43.0% of A-Mark Precious Metals shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

A-Mark Precious Metals pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Comstock Mining does not pay a dividend. A-Mark Precious Metals pays out 32.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

A-Mark Precious Metals beats Comstock Mining on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Comstock Mining

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.

About A-Mark Precious Metals

A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. is a precious metal trading company. The Company is a wholesaler of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion and related products, including bars, wafers, grain and coins. It distributes gold and silver coins and bars from sovereign and private mints; provides financing for the purchase of bullion and numismatics; offers storage for bullion, and offers complementary products, such as consignment, customized finance and liquidity programs, such as repurchase (Repo) accounts, and trade quotes in a variety of foreign currencies. It operates through various business units for accounting purposes, including Industrial, Coin and Bar, Trading, Finance, Collateral Finance Corporation, Transcontinental Depository Services and Logistics. It is an authorized distributor of gold and silver coins for sovereign mints and various private mints. The sovereign mints include the United States Mint, the Australian (Perth) Mint and the Austrian Mint, among others.

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