AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE: AU) and Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE:KGC) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares AngloGold Ashanti Limited and Kinross Gold Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AngloGold Ashanti Limited N/A N/A N/A
Kinross Gold Corporation 1.54% 3.63% 1.95%

Risk & Volatility

AngloGold Ashanti Limited has a beta of -1.37, indicating that its share price is 237% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kinross Gold Corporation has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for AngloGold Ashanti Limited and Kinross Gold Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AngloGold Ashanti Limited 1 4 3 0 2.25
Kinross Gold Corporation 1 5 5 1 2.50

AngloGold Ashanti Limited presently has a consensus price target of $12.43, indicating a potential upside of 26.58%. Kinross Gold Corporation has a consensus price target of $5.03, indicating a potential upside of 18.40%. Given AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe AngloGold Ashanti Limited is more favorable than Kinross Gold Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AngloGold Ashanti Limited and Kinross Gold Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AngloGold Ashanti Limited $4.08 billion 0.98 $1.34 billion N/A N/A
Kinross Gold Corporation $3.48 billion 1.52 $1.04 billion $0.05 85.02

AngloGold Ashanti Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Kinross Gold Corporation.

Dividends

AngloGold Ashanti Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Kinross Gold Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.1% of AngloGold Ashanti Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.3% of Kinross Gold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Kinross Gold Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Kinross Gold Corporation beats AngloGold Ashanti Limited on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

AngloGold Ashanti Limited Company Profile

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AngloGold Ashanti) is a gold mining company. The Company’s business activities span the spectrum of the mining value chain. Its main product is gold. Its portfolio includes over 17 mines in approximately nine countries. It also produces silver, uranium and sulfuric acid as by-products. The Company operates through four segments: South Africa, Continental Africa, Australasia and Americas. Its South African operations comprise over four mines and surface production facilities, which include the Vaal River operations, including Kopanang and Moab Khotsong; The West Wits operations, including Mponeng and TauTona, and surface operations. It has operations in Continental Africa in locations, including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Tanzania. The Australasia segment includes the operations in Australia. It consists of Sunrise Dam and Tropicana. The Americas segment includes the operations in Argentina, Brazil and the United States.

Kinross Gold Corporation Company Profile

Kinross Gold Corporation is a gold mining company. The Company is engaged in gold mining and related activities, including exploration and acquisition of gold-bearing properties, the extraction and processing of gold-containing ore, and reclamation of gold mining properties. The Company’s segments include Fort Knox, Round Mountain, Bald Mountain, Kettle River-Buckhorn, Kupol, Paracatu, Maricunga, Tasiast and Chirano. Fort Knox is an open-pit gold mine located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Round Mountain open-pit mine is located in Nye County, Nevada. Bald Mountain open-pit mine is located in Nevada. Kettle River-Buckhorn mine is located in northern Washington State. The Kupol segment includes the Kupol and Dvoinoye mines. Paracatu is a gold mine located in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Maricunga open pit mine is located in Copiapo, Chile. Tasiast mine is located in north-western Mauritania. Chirano is located in southwestern Ghana.

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