China Natural Resources (NASDAQ:CHNR) and Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Agnico Eagle Mines pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. China Natural Resources does not pay a dividend. Agnico Eagle Mines has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of China Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of Agnico Eagle Mines shares are held by institutional investors. 23.2% of China Natural Resources shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Agnico Eagle Mines shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares China Natural Resources and Agnico Eagle Mines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A
Agnico Eagle Mines -14.91% 1.48% 0.89%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Natural Resources and Agnico Eagle Mines’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Natural Resources N/A N/A -$4.60 million N/A N/A
Agnico Eagle Mines $2.19 billion 4.68 -$326.70 million N/A N/A

China Natural Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Agnico Eagle Mines.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for China Natural Resources and Agnico Eagle Mines, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Natural Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Agnico Eagle Mines 0 2 10 0 2.83

Agnico Eagle Mines has a consensus price target of $50.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.63%. Given Agnico Eagle Mines’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Agnico Eagle Mines is more favorable than China Natural Resources.

Risk & Volatility

China Natural Resources has a beta of 2.33, indicating that its stock price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Agnico Eagle Mines has a beta of -0.5, indicating that its stock price is 150% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Agnico Eagle Mines beats China Natural Resources on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Natural Resources

China Natural Resources, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration of metal properties in the People's Republic of China. The company primarily explores for lead, silver, copper, and other metal deposits. It holds interest in the Moruogu Tong mine that covers an area of 10.43 square kilometers located in Bayannaoer City, Inner Mongolia. The company is headquartered in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. China Natural Resources, Inc. is a subsidiary of Feishang Group Limited.

About Agnico Eagle Mines

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties in Canada, Mexico, and Finland. The company operates through Northern Business and Southern Business segments. It primarily produces and sells gold deposit, as well as explores for silver, zinc, and copper deposits. The company's flagship property is the LaRonde mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada. As of December 31, 2017, Its LaRonde mine had a proven and probable mineral reserve of approximately 2.7 million ounces of gold. The company is also involved in exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Agnico Eagle Mines Limited was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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