Analyzing Contango Ore (OTC:CTGO) and Maverix Metals (NYSE:MMX)

Maverix Metals (NYSE:MMX) and Contango Ore (OTC:CTGO) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.9% of Maverix Metals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Contango Ore shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of Contango Ore shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Maverix Metals and Contango Ore, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maverix Metals 0 0 2 0 3.00
Contango Ore 0 0 0 1 4.00

Maverix Metals currently has a consensus price target of $8.38, suggesting a potential upside of 80.89%. Given Maverix Metals’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Maverix Metals is more favorable than Contango Ore.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maverix Metals and Contango Ore’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maverix Metals $38.58 million 17.61 $23.72 million $0.18 25.72
Contango Ore N/A N/A N/A ($2.23) -11.48

Maverix Metals has higher revenue and earnings than Contango Ore. Contango Ore is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Maverix Metals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Maverix Metals and Contango Ore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maverix Metals 47.26% 5.12% 4.83%
Contango Ore N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Maverix Metals has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Contango Ore has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Maverix Metals beats Contango Ore on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maverix Metals

Maverix Metals, Inc. engages in the evaluation and acquisition of mining royalties and precious metals streams. Its assets include La Colorada, San Jose, Mt. Carlton, Vivien, Beta Hunt, Silvertrip, Florida Canyon, Moose River, Shalipayco and Romero. The company was founded by Geoffrey A. Burns and Daniel O’Flaherty on September 5, 2008 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About Contango Ore

Contango Ore, Inc., an exploration stage company, engages in the exploration of gold and associated minerals in the United States. It also explores for copper and silver deposits. The company also holds interest in the Shamrock property that consists of 368 mining claims covering an area of approximately 52,920 acres located in the Richardson Mining District, central Alaska. As of June 30, 2020, the company, through a joint venture had leased or controlled approximately 860,000 acres of exploration properties in Alaska. Contango Ore, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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