BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) and Seabridge Gold (NYSE:SA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for BHP Billiton and Seabridge Gold, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BHP Billiton 5 6 3 0 1.86
Seabridge Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A

BHP Billiton currently has a consensus target price of $38.60, indicating a potential downside of 15.64%. Given BHP Billiton’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe BHP Billiton is more favorable than Seabridge Gold.

Dividends

BHP Billiton pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Seabridge Gold does not pay a dividend. BHP Billiton pays out 77.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.3% of BHP Billiton shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.5% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of BHP Billiton shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares BHP Billiton and Seabridge Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BHP Billiton N/A N/A N/A
Seabridge Gold N/A -2.25% -2.07%

Volatility & Risk

BHP Billiton has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seabridge Gold has a beta of -0.2, indicating that its share price is 120% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BHP Billiton and Seabridge Gold’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BHP Billiton $38.29 billion 1.92 $5.89 billion $2.21 20.71
Seabridge Gold N/A N/A -$5.50 million ($0.11) -96.36

BHP Billiton has higher revenue and earnings than Seabridge Gold. Seabridge Gold is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BHP Billiton, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

BHP Billiton beats Seabridge Gold on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton Limited is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Copper segment is engaged in mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold. The Iron Ore segment is engaged in mining of iron ore. The Coal segment is engaged in mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing. The Company extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia and the Americas. The Company manages product distribution through its global logistics chain, including freight and pipeline transportation. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing.

About Seabridge Gold

Seabridge Gold Inc. (Seabridge) is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of gold properties located in North America. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned six properties with gold resources. Its material properties are its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) Project and its Courageous Lake Project. Its KSM Project is located within the Iskut-Stikine region of British Columbia, approximately 21 kilometers south-southeast of the former Eskay Creek Mine and approximately 65 kilometers north-northwest of Stewart, British Columbia. As of December 31, 2016, the KSM property consisted of three discontinuous claim blocks. These claim blocks are referred to as the KSM claim group; the Seabee/Tina claims, and the KSM placer claim block. As of December 31, 2016, the two claim blocks (KSM and Seabee/Tina) contained two mineral leases and 73 mineral claims, consisting of both cell and legacy claims.

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