Contrasting Gold Fields (NYSE:GFI) & Seabridge Gold (SA)

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Seabridge Gold (NYSE:SA) and Gold Fields (NYSE:GFI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Seabridge Gold has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gold Fields has a beta of -1.31, indicating that its share price is 231% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Seabridge Gold and Gold Fields’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seabridge Gold N/A N/A -$7.93 million ($0.14) -89.79
Gold Fields $2.76 billion 0.83 -$18.70 million $0.24 11.67

Seabridge Gold has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Gold Fields. Seabridge Gold is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gold Fields, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.3% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.1% of Gold Fields shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of Seabridge Gold shares are owned 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 Seabridge Gold and Gold Fields’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seabridge Gold N/A -3.43% -3.14%
Gold Fields N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Gold Fields pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Seabridge Gold does not pay a dividend. Gold Fields pays out 8.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gold Fields has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Seabridge Gold and Gold Fields, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seabridge Gold 0 0 1 0 3.00
Gold Fields 0 3 5 0 2.63

Gold Fields has a consensus target price of $5.10, suggesting a potential upside of 82.26%. Given Gold Fields’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gold Fields is more favorable than Seabridge Gold.

Summary

Gold Fields beats Seabridge Gold on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Seabridge Gold Company Profile

Seabridge Gold Inc., a development stage company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and exploration of gold properties located in North America. The company also explores for copper and silver ores. It holds a 100% interest in various North American gold resource projects. The company's principal assets are the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell and Iskut properties located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada, as well as the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada's Northwest Territories. The company was formerly known as Seabridge Resources Inc. and changed its name to Seabridge Gold Inc. in June 2002. Seabridge Gold Inc. was founded in 1979 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Gold Fields Company Profile

Gold Fields Limited produces gold and holds gold reserves and resources in South Africa, Ghana, Australia, and Peru. The company engages in underground and surface gold and surface copper mining and related activities, including exploration, extraction, processing, and smelting. It holds interests in seven operating mines with an annual gold-equivalent production of approximately 2.2 million ounces, as well as gold mineral reserves of approximately 49 million ounces and mineral resources of approximately 104 million ounces. The company also holds copper mineral reserves totaling 764 million pounds and mineral resources totaling 4,881 million pounds. Gold Fields Limited was founded in 1887 and is based in Sandton, South Africa.

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