GalianoGoldInc . (NYSE:GAU) and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
Risk & Volatility
GalianoGoldInc . has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.94, indicating that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares GalianoGoldInc . and Intrepid Potash’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for GalianoGoldInc . and Intrepid Potash, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
GalianoGoldInc . currently has a consensus price target of $2.20, suggesting a potential upside of 34.97%. Intrepid Potash has a consensus price target of $0.60, suggesting a potential downside of 22.60%. Given GalianoGoldInc .’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe GalianoGoldInc . is more favorable than Intrepid Potash.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
44.9% of GalianoGoldInc . shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.4% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares GalianoGoldInc . and Intrepid Potash’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|GalianoGoldInc .||$161.92 million||2.24||-$167.93 million||$0.01||163.00|
|Intrepid Potash||$220.07 million||0.47||$13.63 million||$0.10||7.75|
Intrepid Potash has higher revenue and earnings than GalianoGoldInc .. Intrepid Potash is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than GalianoGoldInc ., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
GalianoGoldInc . Company Profile
Asanko Gold, Inc. is an exploration company. It engages in the acquisition and exploration of mineral resources in West Ghana. The company was founded by Ivan James Bebek and Shawn Kristen Wallace on September 23, 1999 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
Intrepid Potash Company Profile
Intrepid Potash, Inc. produces and sells potash and langbeinite products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Potash, Trio, and Oilfield Solutions. The Potash segment offers muriate of potash or potassium chloride for use as a fertilizer input in the agricultural market; as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells, as well as an input to other industrial processes in the industrial market; and as a nutrient supplement in the animal feed market. The Trio segment provides Trio, a specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate, and magnesium in a single particle. The Oilfield Solutions segment sells water for use in the oil and gas services industry; and offers potassium chloride real-time mixing services on location for hydraulic fracturing operations and trucking services. The company offers salt for use in animal feeds, industrial applications, pool salts, and treatment of roads and walkways; magnesium chloride for use in the deicing and dedusting of roads; brines for well development and completion applications in the oil and gas industry; and metal recovery salt, a combination of potash and salt to enhance the recovery of aluminum in the aluminum recycling processing facilities. Intrepid Potash, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
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