Head to Head Analysis: IMPALA PLATINUM/S (IMPUY) and Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)

IMPALA PLATINUM/S (OTCMKTS:IMPUY) and Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.


This table compares IMPALA PLATINUM/S and Freeport-McMoRan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Freeport-McMoRan 15.80% 22.63% 7.53%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for IMPALA PLATINUM/S and Freeport-McMoRan, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IMPALA PLATINUM/S 0 1 0 0 2.00
Freeport-McMoRan 3 10 6 0 2.16

Freeport-McMoRan has a consensus price target of $16.71, suggesting a potential upside of 52.98%. Given Freeport-McMoRan’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Freeport-McMoRan is more favorable than IMPALA PLATINUM/S.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of IMPALA PLATINUM/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of Freeport-McMoRan shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Freeport-McMoRan shares 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.

Volatility & Risk

IMPALA PLATINUM/S has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Freeport-McMoRan has a beta of 2.45, suggesting that its stock price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IMPALA PLATINUM/S and Freeport-McMoRan’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IMPALA PLATINUM/S $2.80 billion 0.63 -$834.02 million ($0.14) -17.21
Freeport-McMoRan $16.40 billion 0.96 $1.82 billion $1.17 9.33

Freeport-McMoRan has higher revenue and earnings than IMPALA PLATINUM/S. IMPALA PLATINUM/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Freeport-McMoRan, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Freeport-McMoRan pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. IMPALA PLATINUM/S does not pay a dividend. Freeport-McMoRan pays out 17.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Freeport-McMoRan beats IMPALA PLATINUM/S on 15 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.


Impala Platinum Holdings Limited engages in mining, processing, refining, and marketing platinum and associated platinum group metals (PGMs) in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It operates through Mining Operations, Refining Services, Chrome Processing, and Other segments. The company produces platinum, palladium, and rhodium, as well as nickel. It has operations on the PGM-bearing ore bodies, including the Bushveld Complex located in South Africa; and the Great Dyke situated in Zimbabwe. The company also provides smelting and refining services. Impala Platinum Holdings Limited is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

About Freeport-McMoRan

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. engages in the mining of mineral properties in the United States, Indonesia, Peru, and Chile. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, and other metals, as well as oil and gas. Its assets include the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia; Morenci, Bagdad, Safford, Sierrita, and Miami in Arizona; Tyrone and Chino in New Mexico; and Henderson and Climax in Colorado, North America, as well as Cerro Verde and El Abra mines in South America. It also operates a portfolio of oil and gas assets comprising oil and natural gas production onshore in South Louisiana; and on the Gulf of Mexico shelf and oil production offshore California. As of December 31, 2017, the company's estimated consolidated recoverable proven and probable mineral reserves totaled 86.7 billion pounds of copper, 23.5 million ounces of gold, and 2.84 billion pounds of molybdenum, as well as estimated proved developed oil and natural gas reserves totaled 10.1 million barrels of oil equivalents. The company was formerly known as Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and changed its name to Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in July 2014. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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