Polymet Mining Corp (NYSE: PLM) and Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.6% of Allegheny Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Allegheny Technologies 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Polymet Mining Corp and Allegheny Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polymet Mining Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Allegheny Technologies 1 4 3 0 2.25

Allegheny Technologies has a consensus price target of $19.65, suggesting a potential downside of 4.19%. Given Allegheny Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Allegheny Technologies is more favorable than Polymet Mining Corp.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Polymet Mining Corp and Allegheny Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Polymet Mining Corp N/A N/A -$4.68 million N/A N/A
Allegheny Technologies $3.31 billion 0.67 $295.80 million ($4.61) -4.45

Allegheny Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Polymet Mining Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Polymet Mining Corp and Allegheny Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polymet Mining Corp N/A -6.28% -3.31%
Allegheny Technologies -14.89% 0.08% 0.02%

Summary

Allegheny Technologies beats Polymet Mining Corp on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Polymet Mining Corp Company Profile

PolyMet Mining Corp. (PolyMet) is a development-stage company. The Company is engaged in the exploration and development of natural resource properties. The Company’s sole mineral property is the NorthMet Project, which is located in St. Louis County in the Mesabi Iron Range mining district approximately 60 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota, the United States. The NorthMet Project consists of NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body, and the Erie Plant, a processing facility located approximately six miles from the ore body. The NorthMet Project covers a total of approximately 16,700 acres or over 25.9 square miles. The NorthMet mine site totals approximately 4,300 acres or over 6.5 square miles of leased mineral rights and the Erie Plant site totals approximately 12,400 acres or over 19.4 square miles of freehold land. The Erie Plant consists of crushing, grinding and milling facility.

Allegheny Technologies Company Profile

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is a manufacturer of specialty materials and complex components. The Company operates through two business segments: High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC), and Flat Rolled Products (FRP). The HPMC segment produces, converts and distributes a range of materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys, nickel- and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys, zirconium and related alloys, including hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys and other specialty materials, in long product forms, such as ingot, billet, bar, rod, wire, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components and machined parts. The FRP segment produces, converts and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys, in a range of product forms, including plate, sheet, engineered strip, and Precision Rolled Strip products.

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