Applied Minerals (OTCMKTS:AMNL) and Cambrian Minerals Group (OTCMKTS:SMPR) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Applied Minerals and Cambrian Minerals Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied Minerals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cambrian Minerals Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

Applied Minerals has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cambrian Minerals Group has a beta of -5.21, indicating that its stock price is 621% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Applied Minerals and Cambrian Minerals Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied Minerals 149.72% -19.16% 180.16%
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.3% of Applied Minerals shares are held by institutional investors. 22.6% of Applied Minerals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Applied Minerals and Cambrian Minerals Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Applied Minerals $4.87 million 1.23 -$3.33 million N/A N/A
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A -$590,000.00 N/A N/A

Cambrian Minerals Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Applied Minerals.

Summary

Applied Minerals beats Cambrian Minerals Group on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Applied Minerals

Applied Minerals, Inc. extracts, processes, and markets halloysite clay and iron oxide. The company owns the Dragon mine property that consists of 38 patented and 6 unpatented mining claims covering an area of 267 acres located in Juab County, Utah. It offers halloysite clay-based line of products for use in various applications, such as molecular sieves and catalysts, flame retardant additives for plastics, binders for ceramics, nucleation and/or reinforcement of polymers, paints and coatings, cement, batteries, controlled release carriers cosmetics, and others under the tradename DRAGONITE. The company also provides natural iron oxide-based products for the pigmentary and technical application markets under the tradename AMIRON. It markets and sells its products directly and through distributors. The company was formerly known as Atlas Mining Company and changed its name to Applied Minerals, Inc. in October 2009. Applied Minerals, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

About Cambrian Minerals Group

Standard Metals Processing, Inc., an exploration stage company, focuses on operating as a custom toll milling and processing company in the western United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Its custom processing toll milling is a process whereby mined material is crushed and ground into fine particles to extract various precious minerals contained therein, such as gold, silver, and platinum metal groups. The company focuses on the laboratory testing, pilot testing, and custom processing of precious metal ores and concentrates from mining industry clients. Its assets include land covering 1,183 deeded acres in Esmeralda County, Nevada; buildings; mine tailings; a dormant milling facility; abandoned milling equipment; and water permits. The company was formerly known as Standard Gold Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Standard Metals Processing, Inc. in December 2013. Standard Metals Processing, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Gadsden, Alabama.

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