Contrasting Golden Star Resources (GSS) and Its Peers

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.4% of Golden Star Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.2% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Golden Star Resources 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Golden Star Resources and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golden Star Resources -16.59% -176.24% 5.50%
Golden Star Resources Competitors -13.82% -11.15% -1.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golden Star Resources and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Golden Star Resources $264.74 million -$67.43 million 26.88
Golden Star Resources Competitors $1.34 billion $120.69 million 16.43

Golden Star Resources’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Golden Star Resources. Golden Star Resources is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Golden Star Resources has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golden Star Resources’ competitors have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Golden Star Resources and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golden Star Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00
Golden Star Resources Competitors 728 2794 2585 92 2.33

Golden Star Resources presently has a consensus target price of $6.25, suggesting a potential upside of 45.35%. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies have a potential upside of 19.18%. Given Golden Star Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Golden Star Resources is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Golden Star Resources competitors beat Golden Star Resources on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Golden Star Resources Company Profile

Golden Star Resources Ltd. operates as a gold mining and exploration company. The company owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine, the Wassa underground mine, and a carbon-in-leach processing plant located to the northeast of the town of Tarkwa, Ghana; and the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, the Prestea open-pit mining operations, and the Prestea underground mine located near the town of Prestea, Ghana. It also holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. The company was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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