Seabridge Gold (NYSE: SA) and Dorchester Minerals (NASDAQ:DMLP) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Seabridge Gold and Dorchester Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seabridge Gold N/A -2.25% -2.07%
Dorchester Minerals 64.05% 40.04% 39.40%

Risk & Volatility

Seabridge Gold has a beta of -0.42, meaning that its share price is 142% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorchester Minerals has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Seabridge Gold and Dorchester Minerals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seabridge Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dorchester Minerals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Dorchester Minerals pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Seabridge Gold does not pay a dividend. Dorchester Minerals pays out 118.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Seabridge Gold and Dorchester Minerals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seabridge Gold N/A N/A -$5.50 million ($0.09) -111.11
Dorchester Minerals $37.56 million 12.68 $20.23 million $0.96 15.36

Dorchester Minerals has higher revenue and earnings than Seabridge Gold. Seabridge Gold is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dorchester Minerals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.6% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.5% of Dorchester Minerals shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of Dorchester Minerals shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Dorchester Minerals beats Seabridge Gold on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Seabridge Gold

Seabridge Gold Inc. (Seabridge) is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of gold properties located in North America. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned six properties with gold resources. Its material properties are its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) Project and its Courageous Lake Project. Its KSM Project is located within the Iskut-Stikine region of British Columbia, approximately 21 kilometers south-southeast of the former Eskay Creek Mine and approximately 65 kilometers north-northwest of Stewart, British Columbia. As of December 31, 2016, the KSM property consisted of three discontinuous claim blocks. These claim blocks are referred to as the KSM claim group; the Seabee/Tina claims, and the KSM placer claim block. As of December 31, 2016, the two claim blocks (KSM and Seabee/Tina) contained two mineral leases and 73 mineral claims, consisting of both cell and legacy claims.

About Dorchester Minerals

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. is a limited partnership company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership and administration of Royalty Properties and net profits interests (NPIs). As of December 31, 2016, the Royalty Properties consisted of producing and nonproducing mineral, royalty, overriding royalty, net profits and leasehold interests located in 574 counties and parishes in 25 states. The NPIs represent net profits overriding royalty interests in various properties owned by the Company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had completed 270 wells on its Royalty Properties in seven states, and 39 new wells completed on its Properties in three states. The Company owns both a royalty interest and a net profits interest. The Company’s general partner is Dorchester Minerals Management LP.

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