Financial Survey: Southern Copper (SCCO) & Quantum Materials (QTMM)

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Southern Copper (NYSE:SCCO) and Quantum Materials (OTCMKTS:QTMM) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Southern Copper and Quantum Materials, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Southern Copper 3 4 5 0 2.17
Quantum Materials 0 0 0 0 N/A

Southern Copper currently has a consensus target price of $41.55, indicating a potential upside of 18.48%. Given Southern Copper’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Southern Copper is more favorable than Quantum Materials.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Southern Copper and Quantum Materials’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Southern Copper $7.10 billion 3.82 $1.54 billion N/A N/A
Quantum Materials $20,000.00 1,089.33 -$9.40 million N/A N/A

Southern Copper has higher revenue and earnings than Quantum Materials.

Profitability

This table compares Southern Copper and Quantum Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Southern Copper 20.84% 22.07% 10.02%
Quantum Materials N/A N/A -355.31%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.2% of Southern Copper shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Southern Copper shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of Quantum Materials shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Southern Copper pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Quantum Materials does not pay a dividend. Southern Copper has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Southern Copper has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quantum Materials has a beta of 2.7, suggesting that its stock price is 170% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Southern Copper beats Quantum Materials on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Southern Copper

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, and Chile. The company is involved in the mining, milling, and flotation of copper ore to produce copper and molybdenum concentrates; smelting of copper concentrates to produce blister and anode copper; refining of anode copper to produce copper cathodes; production of molybdenum concentrate and sulfuric acid; production of refined silver, gold, and other materials; and mining and processing of zinc and lead. It operates the Toquepala and Cuajone open-pit mines, and a smelter and refinery in Peru; and La Caridad, an open-pit copper mine, as well as a copper ore concentrator, a SX-EW plant, a smelter, refinery, and a rod plant in Mexico. The company also operates Buenavista, an open-pit copper mine, as well as two copper concentrators and three SX-EW plants in Mexico. In addition, it operates five underground mines that produce zinc, lead, copper, silver, and gold; a coal mine that produces coal and coke; and a zinc refinery. The company has interests in 37,622 hectares of exploration concessions in Peru; 147,974 hectares of exploration concessions in Mexico; 63,453 hectares of exploration concessions in Argentina; 42,615 hectares of exploration concessions in Chile; and 7,298 hectares of exploration concessions in Ecuador. Southern Copper Corporation was founded in 1952 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Southern Copper Corporation is a subsidiary of Americas Mining Corporation.

About Quantum Materials

Quantum Materials Corp., a nanotechnology company, designs, develops, produces, and supplies quantum dots, tetrapod quantum dots, and other nanoparticles in the United States. Its products are used for a range of applications in the televisions, displays and other optoelectronics, photovoltaics, solid state lighting, life sciences, security ink, battery, and sensor sectors. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Marcos, Texas.

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