Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB) and Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Mesabi Trust and Royal Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesabi Trust 97.13% 231.66% 156.65%
Royal Gold -28.39% 4.66% 3.64%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

18.5% of Mesabi Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.8% of Royal Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Mesabi Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Royal Gold shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mesabi Trust and Royal Gold’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mesabi Trust $34.56 million 10.28 $33.49 million N/A N/A
Royal Gold $459.04 million 10.25 -$113.13 million $1.76 40.79

Mesabi Trust has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Royal Gold.

Risk and Volatility

Mesabi Trust has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Royal Gold has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Mesabi Trust and Royal Gold, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesabi Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Royal Gold 0 6 6 0 2.50

Royal Gold has a consensus target price of $95.15, suggesting a potential upside of 32.54%. Given Royal Gold’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Royal Gold is more favorable than Mesabi Trust.

Dividends

Mesabi Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.9%. Royal Gold pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Royal Gold pays out 56.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mesabi Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Royal Gold has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Summary

Mesabi Trust beats Royal Gold on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mesabi Trust

Mesabi Trust, a royalty trust, engages in iron ore mining business in the United States. The company was founded in 1919 and is based in New York, New York.

About Royal Gold

Royal Gold, Inc. engages in the acquisition and management of metal streams, royalties, and similar interests. It operates through the Acquisition and Management of Stream Interests and Acquisition and Management of Royalty Interests segments. The Acquisition and Management of Stream Interests segment involves in the purchase agreement that provides, in exchange for an upfront deposit payment, the right to purchase all or a portion of one or more metals. The Acquisition and Management of Royalty Interests segment focuses on the non-operating interests in mining projects that provide the revenue or metals produced from the project. The company was founded on January 5, 1981 and is headquartered in Denver, CO.

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