Comstock Mining (LODE) versus The Competition Head-To-Head Review

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Comstock Mining (NYSE: LODE) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold & silver ores” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Comstock Mining to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.6% of Comstock Mining shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.2% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Comstock Mining shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies 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 Comstock Mining and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comstock Mining 28.94% 0.28% 0.14%
Comstock Mining Competitors -13.82% -11.15% -1.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Comstock Mining and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Comstock Mining $180,000.00 -$3.81 million -5.40
Comstock Mining Competitors $1.34 billion $120.69 million 16.43

Comstock Mining’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Mining. Comstock Mining is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Comstock Mining and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comstock Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comstock Mining Competitors 728 2794 2585 92 2.33

As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies have a potential upside of 19.34%. Given Comstock Mining’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Comstock Mining has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Comstock Mining has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Mining’s competitors have a beta of 1.01, suggesting that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Comstock Mining competitors beat Comstock Mining on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

Comstock Mining Company Profile

Comstock Mining Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of gold and silver in Nevada. It operates through two segments, Mining and Real Estate. The Mining segment owns and controls approximately 9,358 acres of mining claims and parcels, including approximately 2,396 acres of patented claims and surface parcels; and approximately 6,962 acres of unpatented mining claims in the Comstock and Silver City districts. It primarily focuses on exploring and developing properties in the Dayton and Lucerne resource areas. The Real Estate segment comprises land and real estate rental properties, as well as the Gold Hill Hotel, including 19 leasable rooms, 4 cottages, a bar, and a restaurant; 225 acre Daney Ranch property in Dayton, Nevada; and 98-acre industrial park and senior water rights in Silver Springs, Nevada. Comstock Mining Inc. has collaboration agreements with Oro Industries Inc. and Mercury Clean Up LLC for the manufacture and deployment of mercury remediation systems with proprietary mechanical, hydro, electro-chemical, and oxidation processes to reclaim, treat, and remediate mercury from tailings and industrial effluents. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Virginia City, Nevada.

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