Alio Gold (NYSE: ALO) and Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.


This table compares Alio Gold and Barrick Gold Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alio Gold N/A N/A N/A
Barrick Gold Corporation 26.95% 8.91% 3.71%


Barrick Gold Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Alio Gold does not pay a dividend. Barrick Gold Corporation pays out 5.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.7% of Barrick Gold Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alio Gold and Barrick Gold Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alio Gold $121.56 million 1.69 $42.14 million N/A N/A
Barrick Gold Corporation $8.77 billion 2.18 $4.42 billion $2.02 8.10

Barrick Gold Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Alio Gold.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Alio Gold and Barrick Gold Corporation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alio Gold 0 1 0 0 2.00
Barrick Gold Corporation 0 8 6 0 2.43

Barrick Gold Corporation has a consensus price target of $20.63, suggesting a potential upside of 26.08%. Given Barrick Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Barrick Gold Corporation is more favorable than Alio Gold.


Barrick Gold Corporation beats Alio Gold on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alio Gold Company Profile

Alio Gold Inc, formerly Timmins Gold Corp, is a Canada-based gold producer engaged in the operation, development, exploration and acquisition of resource properties in Mexico through its subsidiaries, Timmins Goldcorp Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Molimentales del Noroeste, S.A. de C.V. (MdN). MdN owns the San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico. MdN also owns the Caballo Blanco Property, an exploration and evaluation asset in Veracruz, Mexico. The Mine and the La Chicharra pit are collectively known as the Gold Property. The Company also holds the Ana Paula gold project, which is an advanced stage development project in the Guerrero Gold Belt. The Guerrero Gold Belt project consists of over two claims totaling approximately 4,200 hectares at the north-west end of the Guerrero Gold Belt, with approximately 38,000 additional hectares in the surrounding area. Ana Paula is located in the north central part of the State of Guerrero in southern Mexico, 180 kilometers from Mexico City.

Barrick Gold Corporation Company Profile

Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick) is a gold mining company. The Company is principally engaged in the production and sale of gold and copper, as well as related activities, such as exploration and mine development. The Company’s segments include Goldstrike, Cortez, Pueblo Viejo, Lagunas Norte, Veladero, Turquoise Ridge, Acacia Mining plc (Acacia), Pascua-Lama and Other Mines. Goldstrike, Cortez, Pueblo Viejo, Lagunas Norte, Veladero and Turquoise Ridge are its individual gold mines. The Company, through its subsidiary, Acacia, owns gold mines and exploration properties in Africa. It also holds interest in gold mines, including Porgera and Kalgoorlie, and copper mines, such as Zaldivar and Lumwana. The Pascua-Lama project is located on the border between Chile and Argentina. The Company has nine producing gold mines, which are located in Canada, the United States, Peru, Argentina, Australia and the Dominican Republic.

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