Vista Gold (NYSE:VGZ – Get Rating) and Gatos Silver (NYSE:GATO – Get Rating) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.
Volatility & Risk
Vista Gold has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gatos Silver has a beta of 2.25, suggesting that its stock price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Vista Gold and Gatos Silver’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Earnings & Valuation
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vista Gold||N/A||N/A||-$15.24 million||($0.11)||-5.00|
|Gatos Silver||N/A||N/A||$40.44 million||N/A||N/A|
This is a summary of recent recommendations for Vista Gold and Gatos Silver, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Vista Gold currently has a consensus price target of $2.25, indicating a potential upside of 308.87%. Gatos Silver has a consensus price target of $4.50, indicating a potential upside of 21.95%. Given Vista Gold’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Vista Gold is more favorable than Gatos Silver.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
29.5% of Vista Gold shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.3% of Gatos Silver shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Vista Gold shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of Gatos Silver shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Gatos Silver beats Vista Gold on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Vista Gold
Vista Gold Corp., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects primarily in Australia. The company's flagship asset is the Mt Todd gold project located in Northern Territory. Vista Gold Corp. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.
About Gatos Silver
Gatos Silver, Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of precious metals. It primarily explores for silver ores. The company also explores for zinc, lead, copper, and gold ores. Its flagship asset is the Cerro Los Gatos mine located at the Los Gatos District in Chihuahua state, Mexico. The company was formerly known as Sunshine Silver Mining & Refining Corporation and changed its name to Gatos Silver, Inc. in October 2020. Gatos Silver, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
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