Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ: PGLC) is one of 62 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold Mining” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Pershing Gold Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Pershing Gold Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -43.00% -40.70%
Pershing Gold Corporation Competitors -2,999.24% -8.93% -4.37%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Pershing Gold Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pershing Gold Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Pershing Gold Corporation Competitors 484 1850 2173 49 2.39

Pershing Gold Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 185.71%. As a group, “Gold Mining” companies have a potential upside of 47.95%. Given Pershing Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Pershing Gold Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pershing Gold Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -$15.63 million -4.75
Pershing Gold Corporation Competitors $2.41 billion -$32.21 million 169.33

Pershing Gold Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Pershing Gold Corporation. Pershing Gold Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.7% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.6% of shares of all “Gold Mining” companies are held by institutional investors. 36.8% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of shares of all “Gold Mining” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Pershing Gold Corporation has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pershing Gold Corporation’s rivals have a beta of -0.14, suggesting that their average share price is 114% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pershing Gold Corporation beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Pershing Gold Corporation

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.

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