Yamana Gold (AUY) and Rio Alto Mining (RIOM) Head-To-Head Survey

Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) and Rio Alto Mining (NYSE:RIOM) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Yamana Gold and Rio Alto Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yamana Gold -20.19% 0.71% 0.37%
Rio Alto Mining N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.6% of Yamana Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Yamana Gold shares are owned by 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.

Dividends

Yamana Gold pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Rio Alto Mining does not pay a dividend. Yamana Gold pays out -5.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Yamana Gold and Rio Alto Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yamana Gold 1 7 2 0 2.10
Rio Alto Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A

Yamana Gold presently has a consensus target price of $3.51, indicating a potential upside of 11.66%. Given Yamana Gold’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Yamana Gold is more favorable than Rio Alto Mining.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Yamana Gold and Rio Alto Mining’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Yamana Gold $1.79 billion 1.67 -$307.90 million ($0.40) -7.85
Rio Alto Mining N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Rio Alto Mining has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Yamana Gold.

Summary

Yamana Gold beats Rio Alto Mining on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Yamana Gold Company Profile

Yamana Gold Inc. is a gold producer with gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions throughout the Americas, including Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The Company’s segments include Chapada mine in Brazil; El Penon mine in Chile; Canadian Malartic mine in Canada; Gualcamayo mine in Argentina; Minera Florida mine in Chile; Jacobina mine in Brazil; Brio Gold Inc. (Brio Gold), and Corporate and other. The Company’s development projects include Cerro Moro, Argentina; Agua Rica, Argentina, and Gualcamayo, Argentina. Its exploration projects include Chapada, Brazil; El Penon, Chile; Gualcamayo, Argentina; Minera Florida, Chile; Jacobina, Brazil; Cerro Moro, Argentina; Canadian Malartic Corporation, Canada; Monument Bay, Canada; Brio Gold Exploration; Pilar, Brazil; Fazenda Brasileiro, Brazil; RDM, Brazil, and C1 Santa Luz, Brazil.

Rio Alto Mining Company Profile

Rio Alto Mining Limited is a Canada-based resource exploration company. The Company is engaged in the business of acquiring, exploring, developing and operating mineral resource properties in Peru. The Company is also engaged in the business of acquiring, exploring, and developing gold resources and advanced stage exploration projects in Peru and Latin America. The Company owns and operates the La Arena Mine and the Shahuindo Gold Projects in northern Peru. The Company is focused on the development of the 21,000 hectares La Arena gold / copper project, located in north central Peru. The La Arena Project consists of 20,673 hectares in 44 concessions located 480 kilometers north-northwest of Lima, the capital of Peru, and approximately 18 kilometers from Huamachuco.

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