Timberline Resources (OTCMKTS:TLRS) and Caledonia Mining (NYSE:CMCL) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Timberline Resources and Caledonia Mining’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Timberline Resources N/A N/A -$1.66 million N/A N/A
Caledonia Mining $75.83 million 2.97 $42.02 million N/A N/A

Caledonia Mining has higher revenue and earnings than Timberline Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.5% of Caledonia Mining shares are held by institutional investors. 10.6% of Timberline Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Timberline Resources and Caledonia Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Timberline Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Caledonia Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Timberline Resources has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Caledonia Mining has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Timberline Resources and Caledonia Mining’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Timberline Resources N/A -10.48% -9.66%
Caledonia Mining 25.30% 10.94% 9.65%

Summary

Caledonia Mining beats Timberline Resources on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Timberline Resources

Timberline Resources Corporation engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in the United States. The company primarily explores for gold and silver deposits. It holds interests in the Eureka property covering an area of approximately 16,000 acres located in the southern part of the Eureka mining district of Eureka county, Nevada; the Elder Creek property covering approximately 9,600 acres located in northern Nevada; and the ICBM (Paiute) Project consisting of approximately 1,346 acres located in the Battle Mountain Mining District, Lander and Humboldt Counties, Nevada. The company was formerly known as Silver Crystal Mines, Inc. and changed its name to Timberline Resources Corporation in February 2004. Timberline Resources Corporation was incorporated in 1968 and is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

About Caledonia Mining

Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc primarily engages in the operation of a gold mine. The company also explores for and develops mineral properties for precious metals; and silver. It primarily holds a 64% interest in the Blanket Mine, a gold mine located in Zimbabwe. The company was formerly known as Caledonia Mining Corporation and changed its name to Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc in March 2016. Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Saint Helier, Jersey.

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