PolyMet Mining (NYSE:PLM) vs. Avalon Advanced Materials (OTCMKTS:AVLNF) Head-To-Head Survey

PolyMet Mining (NYSE:PLMGet Rating) and Avalon Advanced Materials (OTCMKTS:AVLNFGet Rating) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for PolyMet Mining and Avalon Advanced Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PolyMet Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A
Avalon Advanced Materials 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.9% of PolyMet Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of PolyMet Mining shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PolyMet Mining and Avalon Advanced Materials’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PolyMet Mining N/A N/A -$15.57 million ($0.29) -9.31
Avalon Advanced Materials $20,000.00 2,510.02 -$3.10 million N/A N/A

Avalon Advanced Materials has higher revenue and earnings than PolyMet Mining.

Volatility and Risk

PolyMet Mining has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avalon Advanced Materials has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares PolyMet Mining and Avalon Advanced Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PolyMet Mining N/A -8.44% -6.18%
Avalon Advanced Materials -18,235.29% -3.43% -3.29%

About PolyMet Mining

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PolyMet Mining Corp., through its subsidiary, Poly Met Mining, Inc., engages in the exploration and development of natural resource properties. Its primary mineral property is the NorthMet project, a polymetallic project that hosts copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, and platinum group metal mineralization covering an area of approximately 4,300 acres located in northeastern Minnesota, the United States. The company was formerly known as Fleck Resources Ltd. and changed its name to PolyMet Mining Corp. in June 1998. PolyMet Mining Corp. was incorporated in 1981 and is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota. PolyMet Mining Corp. operates as a subsidiary of Glencore AG.

About Avalon Advanced Materials

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Avalon Advanced Materials Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, evaluation, and development of rare metal and mineral properties primarily in Canada. The company focuses on exploring lithium, tantalum, cesium, indium, gallium, germanium, tin, yttrium, and zirconium deposits, as well as rare earth elements. It holds 100% interests in the Nechalacho project located at Thor Lake in the Mackenzie Mining District of the Northwest Territories; the Lilypad project situated in northeast of the Pickle Lake in Ontario; the East Kemptville project located to the northeast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; the Warren Township Anorthosite project situated in Timmins, Ontario; and the Separation Rapids project located in the Kenora in Ontario. The company was formerly known as Avalon Rare Metals Inc. and changed its name to Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. in February 2016. Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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