MAG Silver Corp (NYSE: MAG) and Comstock Mining (NYSE:LODE) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MAG Silver Corp and Comstock Mining’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MAG Silver Corp N/A N/A -$6.98 million N/A N/A
Comstock Mining $1.61 million 17.39 -$4.19 million N/A N/A

Comstock Mining has higher revenue and earnings than MAG Silver Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for MAG Silver Corp and Comstock Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MAG Silver Corp 0 0 5 2 3.29
Comstock Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A

MAG Silver Corp currently has a consensus target price of $17.33, suggesting a potential upside of 57.29%. Given MAG Silver Corp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MAG Silver Corp is more favorable than Comstock Mining.

Profitability

This table compares MAG Silver Corp and Comstock Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MAG Silver Corp N/A -3.01% -3.00%
Comstock Mining -10,715.09% -98.83% -35.84%

Summary

MAG Silver Corp beats Comstock Mining on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

MAG Silver Corp Company Profile

MAG Silver Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of projects located within the Mexican silver belt. The Company operates through the exploration of mineral properties in Mexico segment. The Company’s projects include Juanicipio Property, Cinco De Mayo Property and Guigui Property. Juanicipio Property is located in the Fresnillo District, Zacatecas State, Mexico. The Juanicipio Property includes silver-gold-lead-zinc epithermal vein deposit. The Company owns the mineral concessions comprising the Cinco de Mayo Property. The Cinco de Mayo Property is located approximately 190 kilometers northwest of the city of Chihuahua, in northern Chihuahua State, Mexico, and covers approximately 25,110 hectares. The Company owns the Guigui project located in the Santa Eulalia Mining District of Chihuahua, Mexico. Guigui project consists of approximately 8,300 hectares.

Comstock Mining Company Profile

Comstock Mining Inc. is a gold and silver mining company. The Company holds properties in the Comstock and Silver City mining districts (collectively, the Comstock District). The Company’s segments include mining and real estate. The mining segment consists of the Company’s activities and expenditures associated with mining. The real estate segment consists of land, real estate rental properties, and a hotel, restaurant and bar provided by the Gold Hill Hotel. The Comstock District is located within the western portion of the Basin and Range Province of Nevada, between Reno and Carson City. The Lucerne Resource area is located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately three miles south of Virginia City and over 30 miles southeast of Reno. Its Dayton Resource area is located in Lyon County, Nevada, approximately six miles south of Virginia City. The Company also owns various non-mining properties, including Daney Ranch, the Gold Hill Hotel, and related homes and cottages.

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