Lithium Americas (NYSE: LAC) is one of 51 publicly-traded companies in the “Metal mining” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Lithium Americas to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Lithium Americas and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lithium Americas -860.20% -28.03% -26.85%
Lithium Americas Competitors -326.80% -26.43% -6.58%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Lithium Americas and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lithium Americas 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lithium Americas Competitors 360 1138 1339 82 2.39

Lithium Americas presently has a consensus target price of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 163.16%. As a group, “Metal mining” companies have a potential upside of 35.16%. Given Lithium Americas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Lithium Americas is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.5% of Lithium Americas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.5% of shares of all “Metal mining” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.4% of shares of all “Metal mining” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lithium Americas and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Lithium Americas $4.29 million -$33.25 million -8.20
Lithium Americas Competitors $6.09 billion $816.73 million 15.62

Lithium Americas’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Lithium Americas. Lithium Americas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Lithium Americas peers beat Lithium Americas on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About Lithium Americas

Lithium Americas Corp. operates as a resource company in the United States. The company explores for lithium deposits. It primarily holds interests in the Cauchari-Olaroz Project located in Jujuy province of Argentina; and the Lithium Nevada Project covering approximately 15,233 hectares of area located in northwestern Nevada. The company also manufactures and sells organoclay products that are used in complex oil and gas drilling and other applications. The company was formerly known as Western Lithium USA Corporation and changed its name to Lithium Americas Corp. in March 2016. Lithium Americas Corp. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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