Canada Jetlines (OTCMKTS:JETMF) and Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Canada Jetlines has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hecla Mining has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Canada Jetlines and Hecla Mining, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Canada Jetlines 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hecla Mining 0 3 4 0 2.57

Hecla Mining has a consensus price target of $4.61, suggesting a potential upside of 96.89%. Given Hecla Mining’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hecla Mining is more favorable than Canada Jetlines.

Profitability

This table compares Canada Jetlines and Hecla Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Canada Jetlines N/A N/A N/A
Hecla Mining -5.18% 0.60% 0.38%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Canada Jetlines and Hecla Mining’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Canada Jetlines N/A N/A -$2.37 million N/A N/A
Hecla Mining $577.78 million 1.94 -$23.51 million $0.10 23.40

Canada Jetlines has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Hecla Mining.

Dividends

Hecla Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Canada Jetlines does not pay a dividend. Hecla Mining pays out 10.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

59.1% of Hecla Mining shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hecla Mining shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Hecla Mining beats Canada Jetlines on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Canada Jetlines Company Profile

Canada Jetlines Ltd. operates as an ultra-low cost carrier scheduled airline. The company plans to operate flights across Canada; and provide non-stop services from Canada to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It also provides services to passengers, such as in-flight food and baggage. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Hecla Mining Company Profile

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal deposits worldwide. The company offers zinc, lead, and bulk flotation concentrates to custom smelters and brokers; and unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island, Alaska; the Lucky Friday mine located in northern Idaho; the Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada; and the San Sebastian mine located in the state of Durango, Mexico. The company also owns interests in the Fire Creek mine located primarily in Lander County, Nevada; the Hollister mine located in Elko County, Nevada; and the Midas property located northeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. Hecla Mining Company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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