United States Lime & Minerals (NASDAQ: USLM) and Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.
United States Lime & Minerals pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Hecla Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Hecla Mining pays out 10.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility and Risk
United States Lime & Minerals has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hecla Mining has a beta of 0.36, suggesting that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for United States Lime & Minerals and Hecla Mining, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|United States Lime & Minerals||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Hecla Mining has a consensus price target of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 34.27%. Given Hecla Mining’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hecla Mining is more favorable than United States Lime & Minerals.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares United States Lime & Minerals and Hecla Mining’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|United States Lime & Minerals||$144.84 million||3.26||$27.14 million||N/A||N/A|
|Hecla Mining||$577.78 million||2.71||-$23.51 million||$0.10||39.10|
United States Lime & Minerals has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Hecla Mining.
This table compares United States Lime & Minerals and Hecla Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|United States Lime & Minerals||18.61%||9.73%||8.61%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
26.0% of United States Lime & Minerals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.1% of Hecla Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of United States Lime & Minerals shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Hecla Mining shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
United States Lime & Minerals beats Hecla Mining on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About United States Lime & Minerals
United States Lime & Minerals, Inc. manufactures and supplies lime and limestone products in the United States. It operates through two segments, Lime and Limestone Operations, and Natural Gas Interests. The Lime and Limestone Operations segment extracts limestone from open-pit quarries and an underground mine, and processes it as pulverized limestone, quicklime, hydrated lime, and lime slurry. This segment supplies its products primarily to the construction customers, including highway, road, and building contractors; industrial customers, such as paper and glass manufacturers; environmental customers comprising municipal sanitation and water treatment facilities, and flue gas treatment processes; steel producers; oil and gas services companies; roof shingle manufacturers; and poultry and cattle feed producers. The Natural Gas Interests segment has various royalty interests and non-operating working interests with respect to oil and gas rights on approximately 3,800 acres of land located in Johnson County, Texas in the Barnett Shale Formation. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. United States Lime & Minerals, Inc. is a subsidiary of Inberdon Enterprises Ltd.
About Hecla Mining
Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal deposits worldwide. The company offers zinc, lead, and bulk flotation concentrates to custom smelters and brokers; and unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island, Alaska; Lucky Friday mine located in northern Idaho; Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada; and San Sebastian mine located in the state of Durango, Mexico. Hecla Mining Company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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