Lithium Americas (NYSE: LAC) is one of 50 public companies in the “Metal mining” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Lithium Americas to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

8.4% of Lithium Americas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.3% of shares of all “Metal mining” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of shares of all “Metal mining” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lithium Americas -639.66% -24.13% -22.57%
Lithium Americas Competitors -301.24% -10.75% -1.97%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lithium Americas 0 1 2 0 2.67
Lithium Americas Competitors 366 1148 1348 82 2.39

Lithium Americas presently has a consensus price target of $9.50, suggesting a potential upside of 138.69%. As a group, “Metal mining” companies have a potential upside of 29.27%. Given Lithium Americas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lithium Americas is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lithium Americas and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Lithium Americas $4.29 million -$33.25 million -9.05
Lithium Americas Competitors $6.29 billion $843.29 million 15.50

Lithium Americas’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Lithium Americas. Lithium Americas 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.

Summary

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

Lithium Americas Company Profile

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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