Head to Head Comparison: McEwen Mining (MUX) & Vedanta Resources (VDNRF)

McEwen Mining (NYSE: MUX) and Vedanta Resources (OTCMKTS:VDNRF) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares McEwen Mining and Vedanta Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
McEwen Mining $67.72 million 9.95 -$10.63 million ($0.06) -33.33
Vedanta Resources $11.52 billion 0.23 -$22.70 million N/A N/A

McEwen Mining has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Vedanta Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.3% of McEwen Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.1% of McEwen Mining shares are owned by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares McEwen Mining and Vedanta Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
McEwen Mining -15.71% -2.72% -2.42%
Vedanta Resources N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

McEwen Mining has a beta of -1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 209% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vedanta Resources has a beta of 2.21, suggesting that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for McEwen Mining and Vedanta Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
McEwen Mining 0 0 3 0 3.00
Vedanta Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00

McEwen Mining presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 100.00%. Given McEwen Mining’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe McEwen Mining is more favorable than Vedanta Resources.

Dividends

McEwen Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Vedanta Resources pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 15.0%. McEwen Mining pays out -16.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

McEwen Mining beats Vedanta Resources on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

McEwen Mining Company Profile

McEwen Mining Inc. is a mining and minerals production and exploration company. The Company is focused on precious and base metals in Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The Company’s segments include Mexico, Minera Santa Cruz S.A. (MSC), Nevada and Los Azules. The Mexico Operations segment includes properties, such as El Gallo 1 mine and the El Gallo 2 project. The MSC segment includes properties, such as the San Jose mine and other concessions located around the mine. The Company’s properties in Nevada segment include Gold Bar project and exploration properties. The Gold Bar project is a proposed mine project. The Los Azules segment includes various properties, such as Los Azules project, Chonchones project, Laganoso project, La Cerrada project and Other Argentina properties. The Los Azules copper project is an advanced-stage porphyry copper exploration project located in the cordilleran region of San Juan Province, Argentina near the border with Chile.

Vedanta Resources Company Profile

Vedanta Resources plc is a natural resources company, which is engaged in exploring, extracting and processing minerals, and oil and gas. The Company produces zinc, lead, silver, copper, aluminum, iron ore, oil and gas, and commercial power. Its operations are located in India, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Liberia, Ireland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Its segments include Zinc-India, Zinc-International, Oil & Gas, Iron Ore, Copper-India/Australia, Copper-Zambia, Aluminium and Power. Its geographical segments include India, China, Far East Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia Others, UK and Others. Its Copper business includes a copper smelter, over two refineries and over two copper rod plants in India; a copper mine in Australia, and an integrated operation in Zambia consisting of approximately three mines, a leaching plant and a smelter. The Company’s oil and gas operations consist of the assets of Cairn India Limited in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

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