Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) and Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ:PGLC) are both large-cap gold mining companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.0% of Newmont Mining Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.7% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Newmont Mining Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 39.8% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Newmont Mining Corporation and Pershing Gold Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newmont Mining Corporation 1.18% 6.20% 3.55%
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -43.00% -40.70%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Newmont Mining Corporation and Pershing Gold Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newmont Mining Corporation $6.71 billion 2.86 -$627.00 million $0.70 51.49
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A N/A -$15.63 million ($0.59) -4.95

Pershing Gold Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Newmont Mining Corporation. Pershing Gold Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Newmont Mining Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Newmont Mining Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Pershing Gold Corporation does not pay a dividend. Newmont Mining Corporation pays out 42.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Newmont Mining Corporation has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its share price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pershing Gold Corporation has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Newmont Mining Corporation and Pershing Gold Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newmont Mining Corporation 1 5 9 0 2.53
Pershing Gold Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

Newmont Mining Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $40.31, indicating a potential upside of 11.85%. Pershing Gold Corporation has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 173.97%. Given Pershing Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pershing Gold Corporation is more favorable than Newmont Mining Corporation.

Summary

Newmont Mining Corporation beats Pershing Gold Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Newmont Mining Corporation Company Profile

Newmont Mining Corporation is a mining company, which is focused on the production of and exploration for gold and copper. The Company is primarily a gold producer with operations and/or assets in the United States, Australia, Peru, Ghana and Suriname. The Company’s segments include North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Africa. The Company’s North America segment consists primarily of Carlin, Phoenix, Twin Creeks and Long Canyon in the state of Nevada, and Cripple Creek &Victor (CC&V) in the state of Colorado, in the United States. The Company’s South America segment consists primarily of Yanacocha in Peru and Merian in Suriname. The Company’s Asia Pacific segment consists primarily of Boddington, Tanami and Kalgoorlie in Australia. The Company’s Africa segment consists primarily of Ahafo and Akyem in Ghana. As of December 31, 2016, it had gold reserves of 68.5 million ounces and an aggregate land position of approximately 23,000 square miles (59,000 square kilometers).

Pershing Gold Corporation Company Profile

Pershing Gold Corporation is a gold and precious metals exploration company. The Company focuses on exploration, development and mining opportunities in Nevada. The Company is focused on exploration at its Relief Canyon properties in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada. The Company operates its business directly and also through its subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. Gold Acquisition Corp. owns and is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon Mine property in northwestern Nevada. The Company is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon expansion properties. The Relief Canyon Mine includes approximately three open pit mines, heap leach pads consisting of approximately six cells, approximately two solution ponds and a cement block constructed adsorption desorption-recovery (ADR) solution processing circuit. The Pershing Pass property includes approximately 490 lode mining claims. The Company has not generated any revenues.

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