Head-To-Head Review: Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) and Thunder Mountain Gold (THMG)

Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF) and Thunder Mountain Gold (OTCMKTS:THMG) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.4% of Cleveland-Cliffs shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Cleveland-Cliffs shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of Thunder Mountain Gold shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Cleveland-Cliffs has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Thunder Mountain Gold has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Cleveland-Cliffs and Thunder Mountain Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cleveland-Cliffs 36.43% -146.72% 16.17%
Thunder Mountain Gold N/A N/A -79.58%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cleveland-Cliffs and Thunder Mountain Gold’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cleveland-Cliffs $2.33 billion 1.19 $367.00 million $0.50 18.56
Thunder Mountain Gold N/A N/A -$710,000.00 N/A N/A

Cleveland-Cliffs has higher revenue and earnings than Thunder Mountain Gold.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Cleveland-Cliffs and Thunder Mountain Gold, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cleveland-Cliffs 1 4 7 0 2.50
Thunder Mountain Gold 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cleveland-Cliffs presently has a consensus price target of $11.30, indicating a potential upside of 21.77%. Given Cleveland-Cliffs’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cleveland-Cliffs is more favorable than Thunder Mountain Gold.


Cleveland-Cliffs beats Thunder Mountain Gold on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cleveland-Cliffs

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. operates as an iron ore mining company in the United States. The company operates four iron ore mines in Michigan and Minnesota; and Koolyanobbing iron ore mining complex located in Western Australia. It sells its products to integrated steel companies and steel producers in the United States and the Asia Pacific. The company was formerly known as Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and changed its name to Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in August 2017. Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Thunder Mountain Gold

Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc., a mineral exploration stage company, explores for and develops mining properties in Nevada and Idaho. It primarily explores for gold, silver, base metals, and other commodities. The company's principal properties include the South Mountain project that covers an area of approximately 1,518 acres located in Owyhee County, Idaho; and Trout Creek project, which includes 78 unpatented mining claims covering an area of approximately 1,560 acres situated in the Eureka-Battle Mountain mineralized gold trend in central Nevada. Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is based in Boise, Idaho.

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