Financial Contrast: Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) vs. Pershing Gold Corp (PGLC)

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) and Pershing Gold Corp (NASDAQ:PGLC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Pershing Gold Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 1 3 5 0 2.44
Pershing Gold Corp 0 0 3 0 3.00

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited currently has a consensus price target of $55.64, suggesting a potential upside of 15.63%. Pershing Gold Corp has a consensus price target of $7.88, suggesting a potential upside of 163.38%. Given Pershing Gold Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pershing Gold Corp is more favorable than Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.

Dividends

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Pershing Gold Corp does not pay a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pays out 36.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Pershing Gold Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 11.32% 5.38% 3.40%
Pershing Gold Corp N/A -37.33% -35.50%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

59.1% of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.7% of Pershing Gold Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 39.8% of Pershing Gold Corp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has a beta of -0.71, meaning that its stock price is 171% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pershing Gold Corp has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Pershing Gold Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited $2.21 billion 5.03 $932.83 million $1.09 44.15
Pershing Gold Corp N/A N/A -$14.71 million ($0.59) -5.07

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Pershing Gold Corp. Pershing Gold Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited beats Pershing Gold Corp on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is a gold producer with mining operations in northwestern Quebec, northern Mexico, northern Finland and Nunavut and exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The Company operates through three business units. The Northern Business consists of its operations in Canada and Finland. The Company’s Canadian properties include the LaRonde mine, the Lapa mine, the Goldex mine, the Meadowbank mine and the Meliadine project, and Canadian Malartic Mine. The operations in Finland include the Kittila mine. The Southern Business consists of its operations in Mexico. Its Pinos Altos mine includes the Creston Mascota deposit. The La India mine is owned by its indirect subsidiary. Its Exploration group focuses on the identification of new mineral reserves and mineral resources, and new development opportunities in gold producing regions. Its exploration activities are concentrated in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

About Pershing Gold Corp

Pershing Gold Corporation is a gold and precious metals exploration company. The Company focuses on exploration, development and mining opportunities in Nevada. The Company is focused on exploration at its Relief Canyon properties in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada. The Company operates its business directly and also through its subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. Gold Acquisition Corp. owns and is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon Mine property in northwestern Nevada. The Company is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon expansion properties. The Relief Canyon Mine includes approximately three open pit mines, heap leach pads consisting of approximately six cells, approximately two solution ponds and a cement block constructed adsorption desorption-recovery (ADR) solution processing circuit. The Pershing Pass property includes approximately 490 lode mining claims. The Company has not generated any revenues.

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