Mountain Province Diamonds (NASDAQ: MPVD) and Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Mountain Province Diamonds has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hecla Mining has a beta of 0.4, suggesting that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Mountain Province Diamonds and Hecla Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mountain Province Diamonds N/A -2.64% -1.03%
Hecla Mining 7.88% 2.56% 1.60%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mountain Province Diamonds and Hecla Mining’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mountain Province Diamonds $21.80 million 24.99 $6.05 million ($0.03) -113.33
Hecla Mining $620.46 million 3.35 $213.43 million $0.13 40.08

Hecla Mining has higher revenue and earnings than Mountain Province Diamonds. Mountain Province Diamonds is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hecla Mining, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.3% of Mountain Province Diamonds shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.4% of Hecla Mining shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of Mountain Province Diamonds shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Hecla Mining shares are held 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.

Dividends

Hecla Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Mountain Province Diamonds does not pay a dividend. Hecla Mining pays out 7.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Mountain Province Diamonds and Hecla Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mountain Province Diamonds 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hecla Mining 0 3 1 0 2.25

Hecla Mining has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 24.76%. Given Hecla Mining’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hecla Mining is more favorable than Mountain Province Diamonds.

Summary

Hecla Mining beats Mountain Province Diamonds on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mountain Province Diamonds

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. is a resource company. The Company is focused on the mining and marketing of rough diamonds to the global market. The Company holds interests in the GK Diamond Mine. The GK Diamond Mine is located in the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada, in the District of Mackenzie, 300 kilometers east-northeast of Yellowknife and 80 kilometers east-southeast of the Snap Lake Mine. The GK Diamond Mine includes various kimberlite deposits, such as 5034, Hearne, Tesla and Tuzo. The GK Diamond Mine covers approximately 10,350 acres. The GK Diamond Mine includes four mining leases (numbers 4341, 4199, 4200 and 4201).

About Hecla Mining

Hecla Mining Company is engaged in discovering, acquiring, developing and producing silver, gold, lead and zinc. The Company and its subsidiaries provide precious and base metals to the United States and around the world. It produces lead, zinc and bulk concentrates, which it markets to custom smelters and brokers, and unrefined bullion bars (dore) containing gold and silver. Its segments include the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, Casa Berardi and San Sebastian units. It is focused on its San Sebastian project; North Idaho’s Silver Valley; Greens Creek unit on Alaska’s Admiralty Island; the silver-producing district near Durango, Mexico; the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, Canada; the Rock Creek and Montanore projects in northwestern Montana and the Creede district of Southwestern Colorado. It produces zinc, lead and bulk flotation concentrates at its Greens Creek unit and lead and zinc flotation concentrates at its Lucky Friday unit.

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