Contrasting Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) and Applied Minerals (AMNL)

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE:SQM) and Applied Minerals (OTCMKTS:AMNL) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Applied Minerals does not pay a dividend. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile pays out 47.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.1% of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.3% of Applied Minerals shares are held by institutional investors. 22.6% of Applied Minerals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile and Applied Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 19.41% 20.29% 10.34%
Applied Minerals -256.59% N/A -335.38%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile and Applied Minerals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile $2.27 billion 4.35 $439.90 million $1.67 22.41
Applied Minerals $2.44 million 3.09 -$14.91 million N/A N/A

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile has higher revenue and earnings than Applied Minerals.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile and Applied Minerals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 1 7 2 0 2.10
Applied Minerals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile currently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.22%. Given Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile is more favorable than Applied Minerals.

Risk & Volatility

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Applied Minerals has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile beats Applied Minerals on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile Company Profile

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. produces and distributes specialty plant nutrients, iodine and its derivatives, lithium and its derivatives, industrial chemicals, potassium, and other products and services. The company offers specialty plant nutrients, including potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate, sodium potassium nitrate, specialty mixes, and other specialty fertilizers for crops, such as vegetables, fruits, and flowers under the Ultrasol, Qrop, Speedfol, and Allganic brands. It also provides iodine and its derivatives for use in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial applications comprising x-ray contrast media, polarizing films for LCD and LED, antiseptics, biocides and disinfectants, pharmaceutical synthesis, electronics, pigments, and dye components under the QIodine brand. In addition, the company offers lithium carbonates for various applications that include electrochemical materials for batteries, frits for the ceramic and enamel industries, heat-resistant glass, air conditioning chemicals, continuous casting powder for steel extrusion, primary aluminum smelting process, pharmaceuticals, and lithium derivatives. Further, it supplies lithium hydroxide for the lubricating greases industry, as well as cathodes for batteries. The company's lithium products are marketed under the QLithiumCarbonate, QLithiumHydroxide, and QLubelith brands. Additionally, it offers potassium chloride and potassium sulfate for various crops; and industrial chemicals, including sodium nitrate, potassium nitrate, potassium chloride, and solar salts under the QSodiumNitrate, QPotassiumNitrate, and QPotassiumChloride brands. The company sells its products through sales offices and a network of distributors in Chile, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, North America, Asia, Central and South America, and internationally. Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

Applied Minerals Company Profile

Applied Minerals, Inc. extracts, processes, and markets halloysite clay and iron oxide. The company owns the Dragon mine property that consists of 38 patented and 6 unpatented mining claims covering an area of 267 acres located in Juab County, Utah. It offers halloysite clay-based line of products for use in various applications, such as molecular sieves and catalysts, flame retardant additives for plastics, binders for ceramics, nucleation and/or reinforcement of polymers, paints and coatings, cement, batteries, controlled release carriers cosmetics, and others under the tradename DRAGONITE. The company also provides natural iron oxide-based products for the pigmentary and technical application markets under the tradename AMIRON. It markets and sells its products directly and through distributors. The company was formerly known as Atlas Mining Company and changed its name to Applied Minerals, Inc. in October 2009. Applied Minerals, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

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