Fission Uranium (OTCMKTS:FCUUF) and North American Palladium (OTCMKTS:PALDF) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Fission Uranium has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, North American Palladium has a beta of 1.95, meaning that its share price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fission Uranium and North American Palladium’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fission Uranium N/A N/A -$4.00 million N/A N/A
North American Palladium $306.17 million 1.70 $91.96 million N/A N/A

North American Palladium has higher revenue and earnings than Fission Uranium.

Dividends

North American Palladium pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Fission Uranium does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Fission Uranium and North American Palladium, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fission Uranium 0 0 1 0 3.00
North American Palladium 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fission Uranium currently has a consensus target price of $1.40, suggesting a potential upside of 273.33%. Given Fission Uranium’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fission Uranium is more favorable than North American Palladium.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Fission Uranium shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of North American Palladium shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Fission Uranium and North American Palladium’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fission Uranium N/A -1.22% -1.22%
North American Palladium 33.05% 21.02% 16.55%

Summary

North American Palladium beats Fission Uranium on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fission Uranium

Fission Uranium Corp. engages in the exploration and development of uranium properties in Canada. Its primary asset is the 100% owned Patterson Lake South property that consists of 17 contiguous mineral claims covering an area of 31,039 hectares located in the Athabasca Basin region of Saskatchewan. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Kelowna, Canada.

About North American Palladium

North American Palladium Ltd. produces precious metals in Canada. It explores for palladium, platinum, gold, nickel, copper, and other metals. It primarily holds interest in the Lac des Iles mine that is located to the northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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