Silver Standard Resources (NASDAQ: SSRM) and Silvercorp Metals (OTCMKTS:SVMLF) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Silver Standard Resources has a beta of -0.12, suggesting that its stock price is 112% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silvercorp Metals has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Silver Standard Resources and Silvercorp Metals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silver Standard Resources 0 3 3 0 2.50
Silvercorp Metals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Silver Standard Resources presently has a consensus price target of $14.25, suggesting a potential upside of 57.63%. Given Silver Standard Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Silver Standard Resources is more favorable than Silvercorp Metals.

Dividends

Silvercorp Metals pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Silver Standard Resources does not pay a dividend. Silvercorp Metals pays out 5.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Silver Standard Resources and Silvercorp Metals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Standard Resources N/A N/A N/A $0.68 13.29
Silvercorp Metals $148.83 million 3.69 $73.14 million $0.17 19.33

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.4% of Silver Standard Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Silvercorp Metals shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Silver Standard Resources and Silvercorp Metals’ 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%
Silvercorp Metals 11.70% 3.84% 3.99%

Summary

Silver Standard Resources beats Silvercorp Metals on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Silver Standard Resources Company Profile

SSR Mining Inc, formerly Silver Standard Resources Inc, is a Canada-based 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.

Silvercorp Metals Company Profile

Silvercorp Metals Inc. (Silvercorp) is a silver-producing Canadian mining company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and mining of silver-related mineral properties in China. The Company’s segments include Mining, including projects, such as Henan Luoning, Hunan, Guangdong and Other, and Administrative, which includes Beijing and Vancouver. The Company is the primary silver producer in China through the operation of over four silver-lead-zinc mines in the Ying Mining District in Henan Province, China, including SGX, HZG, TLP, Haopinggou (HPG) and the LM mines. The Company also has commercial production at its Gaocheng (GC) silver-lead-zinc project in Guangdong Province. Silvercorp’s principal products and source of sales are silver-bearing lead and zinc concentrates and some direct smelting ores. The Company sells all its products to local smelters or companies in the mineral products trading business.

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