Ciner Resources (NYSE: CINR) and United States Lime & Minerals (NASDAQ:USLM) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Ciner Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. United States Lime & Minerals pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Ciner Resources pays out 109.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility & Risk

Ciner Resources has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United States Lime & Minerals has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ciner Resources and United States Lime & Minerals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ciner Resources 0 2 1 0 2.33
United States Lime & Minerals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ciner Resources presently has a consensus price target of $28.67, suggesting a potential upside of 12.73%. Given Ciner Resources’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ciner Resources is more favorable than United States Lime & Minerals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

10.1% of Ciner Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.0% of United States Lime & Minerals shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of United States Lime & Minerals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ciner Resources and United States Lime & Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ciner Resources 8.29% 16.54% 9.22%
United States Lime & Minerals 18.61% 9.73% 8.61%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ciner Resources and United States Lime & Minerals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ciner Resources $497.30 million 1.01 $41.60 million $2.07 12.29
United States Lime & Minerals $144.84 million 3.04 $27.14 million N/A N/A

Ciner Resources has higher revenue and earnings than United States Lime & Minerals.

Ciner Resources Company Profile

Ciner Resources LP engages in the trona ore mining and soda ash production businesses in the United States and internationally. It processes trona ore into soda ash, which is a raw material in flat glass, container glass, detergents, chemicals, paper, and other consumer and industrial products. The company has approximately 23,500 acres of leased and licensed subsurface mining areas in the Green River Basin of Wyoming. As of December 31, 2017, it had proven and probable reserves of approximately 240.1 million short tons of trona. Ciner Resource Partners LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as OCI Resources LP and changed its name to Ciner Resources LP in November 2015. Ciner Resources LP is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ciner Resources LP is a subsidiary of Ciner Wyoming Holding Co.

United States Lime & Minerals Company Profile

United States Lime & Minerals, Inc. manufactures and supplies lime and limestone products in the United States. It operates through two segments, Lime and Limestone Operations, and Natural Gas Interests. The Lime and Limestone Operations segment extracts limestone from open-pit quarries and an underground mine, and processes it as pulverized limestone, quicklime, hydrated lime, and lime slurry. This segment supplies its products primarily to the construction customers, including highway, road, and building contractors; industrial customers, such as paper and glass manufacturers; environmental customers comprising municipal sanitation and water treatment facilities, and flue gas treatment processes; steel producers; oil and gas services companies; roof shingle manufacturers; and poultry and cattle feed producers. The Natural Gas Interests segment has various royalty interests and non-operating working interests with respect to oil and gas rights on approximately 3,800 acres of land located in Johnson County, Texas in the Barnett Shale Formation. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. United States Lime & Minerals, Inc. is a subsidiary of Inberdon Enterprises Ltd.

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