Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) and B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. B2Gold Corp does not pay a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pays out 36.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and B2Gold Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited $2.21 billion 4.97 $932.83 million $1.09 43.55
B2Gold Corp $684.82 million 3.66 $298.06 million N/A N/A

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited has higher revenue and earnings than B2Gold Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and B2Gold Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 1 3 6 0 2.50
B2Gold Corp 0 0 5 0 3.00

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited presently has a consensus price target of $55.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.92%. B2Gold Corp has a consensus price target of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 85.55%. Given B2Gold Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe B2Gold Corp is more favorable than Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and B2Gold Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 11.32% 5.38% 3.40%
B2Gold Corp N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

60.3% of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited beats B2Gold Corp on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited Company Profile

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is a gold producer with mining operations in northwestern Quebec, northern Mexico, northern Finland and Nunavut and exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The Company operates through three business units. The Northern Business consists of its operations in Canada and Finland. The Company’s Canadian properties include the LaRonde mine, the Lapa mine, the Goldex mine, the Meadowbank mine and the Meliadine project, and Canadian Malartic Mine. The operations in Finland include the Kittila mine. The Southern Business consists of its operations in Mexico. Its Pinos Altos mine includes the Creston Mascota deposit. The La India mine is owned by its indirect subsidiary. Its Exploration group focuses on the identification of new mineral reserves and mineral resources, and new development opportunities in gold producing regions. Its exploration activities are concentrated in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

B2Gold Corp Company Profile

B2Gold Corp. (B2Gold) is a Canada-based gold producer with approximately four operating mines and one mine under construction. The Company has a portfolio of other evaluation and exploration projects in various countries, including Mali, Colombia, Burkina Faso, Finland, Chile and Nicaragua. Its material mineral properties consist of three mines and one mine under construction: Otjikoto mine, an open pit gold mine located approximately 300 kilometers north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (Otjikoto Mine); Masbate mine, an open pit gold mine, located near the northern tip of the island of Masbate, over 360 kilometers south-east of Manila (Masbate Gold Project); La Libertad mine, an open pit gold mine located over 110 kilometers due east of Managua and 32 kilometers northeast of Juigalpa, Nicaragua (La Libertad Mine), and Fekola gold project, an open pit gold mine under construction located approximately 40 kilometers south of the city of Kenieba, Mali (Fekola Project).

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