Head-To-Head Survey: Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE:TRQ) versus Quest Rare Minerals (NYSE:QRMLF)

Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE:TRQ) and Quest Rare Minerals (OTCMKTS:QRMLF) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Turquoise Hill Resources and Quest Rare Minerals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Turquoise Hill Resources 0 4 0 0 2.00
Quest Rare Minerals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Turquoise Hill Resources presently has a consensus price target of $2.52, indicating a potential upside of 424.31%. Given Turquoise Hill Resources’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Turquoise Hill Resources is more favorable than Quest Rare Minerals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Turquoise Hill Resources and Quest Rare Minerals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Turquoise Hill Resources $1.18 billion 0.82 $411.20 million N/A N/A
Quest Rare Minerals N/A N/A -$1.89 million N/A N/A

Turquoise Hill Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Quest Rare Minerals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.3% of Turquoise Hill Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Turquoise Hill Resources and Quest Rare Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Turquoise Hill Resources -13.64% 5.04% 3.16%
Quest Rare Minerals N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Turquoise Hill Resources has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quest Rare Minerals has a beta of 4.16, meaning that its stock price is 316% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Turquoise Hill Resources beats Quest Rare Minerals on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Turquoise Hill Resources

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mining company. The company explores for copper, gold, and silver deposits. It primarily develops and operates the Oyu Tolgoi mine located in the southern Mongolia. The company was formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and changed its name to Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. in August 2012. Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc.

About Quest Rare Minerals

Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. focuses on the exploration, evaluation, and development of rare earth element deposits in Canada. It primarily develops Strange Lake rare earth deposits comprising 534 individual mineral claims covering a total area of approximately 23,230 hectares located in northeastern Québec. The company was formerly known as Quest Uranium Corporation and changed its name to Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. in April 2010. Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

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