Reviewing Sibanye Gold (SBGL) & Coeur Mining (CDE)

Sibanye Gold (NYSE:SBGL) and Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Sibanye Gold and Coeur Mining, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sibanye Gold 1 2 2 0 2.20
Coeur Mining 0 0 6 0 3.00

Coeur Mining has a consensus target price of $9.71, indicating a potential upside of 73.98%. Given Coeur Mining’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Coeur Mining is more favorable than Sibanye Gold.

Profitability

This table compares Sibanye Gold and Coeur Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sibanye Gold N/A N/A N/A
Coeur Mining -0.67% -0.32% -0.16%

Risk and Volatility

Sibanye Gold has a beta of -0.01, indicating that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coeur Mining has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sibanye Gold and Coeur Mining’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sibanye Gold $3.45 billion 0.19 -$334.13 million ($0.04) -67.00
Coeur Mining $709.60 million 1.47 -$1.31 million $0.02 279.00

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.2% of Sibanye Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of Coeur Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Coeur Mining shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Coeur Mining beats Sibanye Gold on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sibanye Gold Company Profile

Sibanye Gold Limited operates as a precious metals mining company in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the United States. The company operates through PGM; and Gold and Uranium divisions. It owns and operates gold, and platinum group metals (PGM), including platinum, palladium, and rhodium operations and projects, as well as produces by-products, such as iridium, ruthenium, nickel, copper, and chrome. The company owns and operates four underground and surface gold operations in the West Witwatersrand region and the southern Free State province of South Africa; and underground and surface PGM operations in the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa, the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, and Montana in the United States. It also owns and manages extraction and processing facilities to produce gold doré; recycles PGMs from catalytic materials and other industrial sources; and operates a smelter and base metal refinery. Sibanye Gold Limited was incorporated in 2002 and is based in Westonaria, South Africa.

Coeur Mining Company Profile

Coeur Mining, Inc. owns, operates, explores for, and develops silver and gold properties. It holds interests in the Palmarejo silver-gold complex located in Mexico; the Silvertip silver-zinc-lead mine located in British Columbia; the Rochester silver-gold mine located in Nevada; the Kensington gold mine located in Alaska; and the Wharf gold mine located in South Dakota. The Company also owns interest in the La Preciosa silver-gold project located in the State of Durango in northern Mexico. Coeur Mining, Inc. markets its silver and gold concentrates to third-party refiners and smelters in the United States and China. The company was formerly known as Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation and changed its name to Coeur Mining, Inc. in May 2013. Coeur Mining, Inc. was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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