Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ: SSRI) and Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Silver Standard Resources and Endeavour Silver Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silver Standard Resources 15.31% 12.15% 7.67%
Endeavour Silver Corporation 5.35% 6.33% 4.63%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Silver Standard Resources and Endeavour Silver Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silver Standard Resources 0 3 3 0 2.50
Endeavour Silver Corporation 1 4 4 0 2.33

Silver Standard Resources currently has a consensus price target of $14.25, indicating a potential upside of 47.67%. Endeavour Silver Corporation has a consensus price target of $6.13, indicating a potential upside of 106.23%. Given Endeavour Silver Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Endeavour Silver Corporation is more favorable than Silver Standard Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.8% of Silver Standard Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.4% of Endeavour Silver Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Silver Standard Resources and Endeavour Silver Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Standard Resources $507.38 million 2.27 $210.18 million $0.68 14.19
Endeavour Silver Corporation $151.67 million 2.49 $31.75 million $0.06 49.50

Silver Standard Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Endeavour Silver Corporation. Silver Standard Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Endeavour Silver Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Silver Standard Resources has a beta of -0.11, suggesting that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Endeavour Silver Corporation has a beta of -0.01, suggesting that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Silver Standard Resources beats Endeavour Silver Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Silver Standard Resources Company Profile

Silver Standard Resources Inc. is a resource company. The Company is engaged in the operation, acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal resource properties located in the Americas. The Company’s segments include Pirquitas mine, Marigold mine, Seabee Gold Operation, and Exploration and evaluation properties. The Company has three producing mines and a portfolio of silver resource dominant projects located throughout the Americas. The Company is focused on silver production from the Pirquitas mine in Argentina and gold production from the Marigold mine in Nevada, the United States. The Company’s other projects include Seabee Gold Operation in Saskatchewan, Canada and Pirquitas mine in Jujuy, Argentina. The Marigold mine produced approximately 205,116 ounces of gold. The Seabee Gold Operation produced approximately 77,640 ounces of gold. The Pirquitas mine produced approximately 10.4 million ounces of silver.

Endeavour Silver Corporation Company Profile

Endeavour Silver Corp. is engaged in silver mining in Mexico, and related activities, including property acquisition, exploration, development, mineral extraction, processing, refining and reclamation. The Company is engaged in exploration activities in Chile. The Company’s operating mining segments include Guanacevi, Bolanitos and El Cubo, which are located in Mexico, as well as Exploration and Corporate segments. The Exploration segment consists of projects in the exploration and evaluation phases in Mexico and Chile. The Company produces silver-gold from its underground mines at Guanacevi, Bolanitos and El Cubo in Mexico. Its exploration projects include Guadalupe y Calvo, Parral Mine, Terronera and Lourdes. The Company conducts its business primarily in Mexico through its subsidiary companies, such as Endeavour Gold Corporation, S.A. de C.V., Minera Plata Adelante, S.A. de C.V., Refinadora Plata Guanacevi, S.A. de C.V., Minas Lupycal S.A. de C.V. and MXRT Holdings Inc.

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