Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Its Peers Critical Contrast

Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) is one of 61 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold Mining” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Agnico Eagle Mines to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Agnico Eagle Mines and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agnico Eagle Mines 12.47% 5.61% 3.55%
Agnico Eagle Mines Competitors -2,998.75% -8.66% -3.99%

Dividends

Agnico Eagle Mines pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Agnico Eagle Mines pays out 37.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Gold Mining” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 57.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Agnico Eagle Mines is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

Agnico Eagle Mines has a beta of -0.73, indicating that its share price is 173% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Agnico Eagle Mines’ rivals have a beta of -0.13, indicating that their average share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Agnico Eagle Mines and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Agnico Eagle Mines $2.14 billion $158.82 million 35.40
Agnico Eagle Mines Competitors $2.41 billion -$32.21 million 169.98

Agnico Eagle Mines’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Agnico Eagle Mines. Agnico Eagle Mines 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Agnico Eagle Mines and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agnico Eagle Mines 0 3 5 0 2.63
Agnico Eagle Mines Competitors 472 1833 2141 50 2.39

Agnico Eagle Mines currently has a consensus price target of $54.93, indicating a potential upside of 32.61%. As a group, “Gold Mining” companies have a potential upside of 55.94%. Given Agnico Eagle Mines’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Agnico Eagle Mines has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.4% of Agnico Eagle Mines shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.2% of shares of all “Gold Mining” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Agnico Eagle Mines 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Agnico Eagle Mines beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Agnico Eagle Mines Company Profile

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd is a Canada-based gold producer with mining operations in northwestern Quebec, northern Mexico, northern Finland and Nunavut, as well as exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. It operates through the business units: Northern Business, which consists of its operations in Canada and Finland, such as the LaRonde mine, the Lapa mine, the Goldex mine, the Meadowbank mine, the Meliadine project and the Malartic Mine in Canada, as well as the Kittila mine in Finland; Southern Business, which consists of its operations in Mexico, such as the Pinos Altos mine that includes the Creston Mascota deposit and the La India mine owned by its indirect subsidiary, as well as Exploration Group, which focuses on the identification of new mineral reserves and mineral resources, and new development opportunities in gold producing regions. Its exploration activities are concentrated in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

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