Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE: SBGL) and Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Sibanye Gold Limited and Goldcorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sibanye Gold Limited N/A N/A N/A
Goldcorp 13.22% 3.43% 2.15%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.2% of Sibanye Gold Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of Goldcorp shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Sibanye Gold Limited shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Sibanye Gold Limited and Goldcorp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sibanye Gold Limited 1 2 1 0 2.00
Goldcorp 0 10 6 0 2.38

Goldcorp has a consensus price target of $16.64, indicating a potential upside of 29.26%. Given Goldcorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Goldcorp is more favorable than Sibanye Gold Limited.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sibanye Gold Limited and Goldcorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sibanye Gold Limited $2.36 billion 0.57 $756.58 million N/A N/A
Goldcorp $3.52 billion 3.20 $1.33 billion $0.55 23.40

Goldcorp has higher revenue and earnings than Sibanye Gold Limited.

Risk and Volatility

Sibanye Gold Limited has a beta of -0.13, suggesting that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Goldcorp has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its share price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Sibanye Gold Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Goldcorp pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Goldcorp pays out 14.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sibanye Gold Limited has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Sibanye Gold Limited is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Goldcorp beats Sibanye Gold Limited on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sibanye Gold Limited

Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye) is a South Africa-based mining company. The Company owns and operates gold and uranium operations, and projects throughout the Witwatersrand Basin. Its segments include Driefontein, Kloof, Beatrix, Cooke and Corporate. The Company owns and operates four underground and surface gold operations: the Cooke, Driefontein and Kloof operations in the West Witwatersrand region, and the Beatrix operation in the southern Free State province. In addition to its mining activities, Sibanye owns and manages extraction and processing facilities at the operations where the gold-bearing ore is treated. The Company has various organic projects, including the Kloof and Driefontein below infrastructure projects on the West Rand and the Burnstone project on the South Rand of Gauteng province. Sibanye mines, extracts and processes gold ore to produce a product, dore. Sibanye derives uranium ore as a by-product of gold production from the Cooke operation.

About Goldcorp

Goldcorp Inc. is a gold producer engaged in the operation, exploration, development and acquisition of precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. The Company is engaged in the sale of gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. The Company’s segments include Red Lake Gold Mines Ontario Partnership (Red Lake), Goldcorp Canada Ltd./Goldcorp Inc. (Porcupine), Musselwhite, Les Mines Opinaca Ltee (Eleonore), Minera Penasquito S.A. de C.V. and Camino Rojo S.A. de C.V. (Penasquito), Desarrollos Mineros San Luis S.A. de C.V. (Los Filos), Montana Exploradora de Guatemala S.A. (Marlin), Oroplata S.A. (Cerro Negro), Corredor SpA (Project Corridor), Minera Alumbrera Limited (Alumbrera), El Morro and Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (Pueblo Viejo). The Company’s principal product is gold dore with the refined gold bullion sold primarily in the London spot market.

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