Klondex Mines (NASDAQ: KLDX) and Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ:PGLC) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Klondex Mines and Pershing Gold Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Klondex Mines $203.44 million 2.52 $38.62 million N/A N/A
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A N/A -$14.69 million ($0.59) -4.88

Klondex Mines has higher revenue and earnings than Pershing Gold Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.0% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.8% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Klondex Mines and Pershing Gold Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Klondex Mines 0 3 1 0 2.25
Pershing Gold Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

Klondex Mines currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 107.61%. Pershing Gold Corporation has a consensus target price of $7.88, suggesting a potential upside of 173.44%. Given Pershing Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pershing Gold Corporation is more favorable than Klondex Mines.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Klondex Mines N/A N/A N/A
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -40.82% -38.78%

Summary

Pershing Gold Corporation beats Klondex Mines on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Klondex Mines Company Profile

Klondex Mines Ltd is a Canada-based gold and silver mining company. The Company focuses on exploration, development and production of over two gold and silver projects in north central Nevada, being the Fire Creek mine located in Lander County, Nevada, the Midas mine and ore milling facility located in Nevada. Its segments include Fire Creek, Midas, True North, and Corporate and other. Its over 1,000 tons per day milling facility processes mineralized materials from the Midas Mine and the Fire Creek Mine. The Midas Mine is a gold-silver vein deposit located a mile from the town of Midas, Nevada. It also owns an underground mine project located in Manitoba, Canada, which includes the Rice Lake Mine and Mill complex, and early-stage exploration properties located in the State of Nevada, the United States, and Manitoba and Ontario, Canada. The Company’s milling and processing facilities are located at Midas process ore from both Midas and Fire Creek in the State of Nevada.

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.

Receive News & Ratings for Klondex Mines Ltd Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Klondex Mines Ltd and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.