Applied Minerals (OTCMKTS:AMNL) and Ciner Resources (NYSE:CINR) 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 earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and risk.


This table compares Applied Minerals and Ciner Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied Minerals 118.90% -15.72% 154.88%
Ciner Resources 9.03% 17.76% 10.22%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Applied Minerals and Ciner Resources, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied Minerals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ciner Resources 0 1 1 0 2.50

Ciner Resources has a consensus price target of $26.50, suggesting a potential upside of 64.60%. Given Ciner Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ciner Resources is more favorable than Applied Minerals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Applied Minerals and Ciner Resources’ 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 1.05 -$3.33 million N/A N/A
Ciner Resources $486.70 million 0.65 $49.90 million N/A N/A

Ciner Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Applied Minerals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.3% of Applied Minerals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.6% of Ciner Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 22.6% of Applied Minerals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Applied Minerals has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciner Resources has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Ciner Resources pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.4%. Applied Minerals does not pay a dividend.


Ciner Resources beats Applied Minerals on 8 of the 13 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 Ciner Resources

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, 2018, it had proven and probable reserves of approximately 236.1 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.

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