Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ: SSRM) and Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Silver Standard Resources and Coeur Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silver Standard Resources 0 3 3 0 2.50
Coeur Mining 0 2 5 0 2.71

Silver Standard Resources currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.08%. Coeur Mining has a consensus target price of $11.79, indicating a potential upside of 33.09%. Given Coeur Mining’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Coeur Mining is more favorable than Silver Standard Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.4% of Silver Standard Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of Coeur Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Coeur Mining shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Silver Standard Resources and Coeur Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silver Standard Resources 20.37% 10.69% 6.84%
Coeur Mining 9.65% 10.44% 5.71%

Volatility and Risk

Silver Standard Resources has a beta of -0.17, indicating that its share price is 117% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coeur Mining has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Silver Standard Resources and Coeur Mining’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Standard Resources N/A N/A N/A $0.86 12.23
Coeur Mining $714.88 million 2.25 $187.25 million $0.43 20.61

Coeur Mining has higher revenue and earnings than Silver Standard Resources. Silver Standard Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coeur Mining, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Coeur Mining beats Silver Standard Resources on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Silver Standard Resources

SSR Mining Inc, formerly Silver Standard Resources Inc, is a Canada-based resource company. The Company is engaged in the operation, acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal resource properties located in the Americas. The Company’s segments include Pirquitas mine, Marigold mine, Seabee Gold Operation, and Exploration and evaluation properties. The Company has three producing mines and a portfolio of silver resource dominant projects located throughout the Americas. The Company is focused on silver production from the Pirquitas mine in Argentina and gold production from the Marigold mine in Nevada, the United States. The Company’s other projects include Seabee Gold Operation in Saskatchewan, Canada and Pirquitas mine in Jujuy, Argentina. The Marigold mine produced approximately 205,116 ounces of gold. The Seabee Gold Operation produced approximately 77,640 ounces of gold. The Pirquitas mine produced approximately 10.4 million ounces of silver.

About Coeur Mining

Coeur Mining, Inc. is a gold and silver producer. The Company has its mines located in the United States, Mexico, and Bolivia and exploration projects in Mexico and Argentina. Its segments include Palmarejo, Rochester, Kensington, Wharf, San Bartolome mines, Coeur Capital and Other. The Palmarejo complex is located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Rochester mine is located in Pershing County, Nevada, approximately 13 miles northeast of the city of Lovelock. The Kensington underground gold mine and associated milling facilities are located on the east side of the Lynn Canal over 45 miles north-northwest of Juneau, Alaska. The Wharf mine is located in the northern Black Hills of western South Dakota. The San Bartolome silver mine is located on the flanks of the Cerro Rico Mountain bordering the town of Potosi, in the department of Potosi, Bolivia. Coeur Capital segment consists of the Endeavor silver stream. The Other segment includes the La Preciosa project and Joaquin project.

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