Head-To-Head Contrast: Gold Reserve (OTCMKTS:GDRZF) & DRDGOLD (OTCMKTS:DRD)

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DRDGOLD (NYSE:DRD) and Gold Reserve (OTCMKTS:GDRZF) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for DRDGOLD and Gold Reserve, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DRDGOLD 0 0 1 0 3.00
Gold Reserve 0 0 0 0 N/A

DRDGOLD currently has a consensus target price of $2.10, suggesting a potential downside of 30.69%. Given DRDGOLD’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe DRDGOLD is more favorable than Gold Reserve.

Profitability

This table compares DRDGOLD and Gold Reserve’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DRDGOLD N/A N/A N/A
Gold Reserve N/A -19.14% -17.91%

Risk and Volatility

DRDGOLD has a beta of -0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 139% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gold Reserve has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its stock price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Gold Reserve pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 40.0%. DRDGOLD does not pay a dividend. DRDGOLD has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.1% of DRDGOLD shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of DRDGOLD shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of Gold Reserve shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares DRDGOLD and Gold Reserve’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DRDGOLD $194.50 million 0.66 $510,000.00 N/A N/A
Gold Reserve $51.57 million 3.51 $41.86 million N/A N/A

Gold Reserve has lower revenue, but higher earnings than DRDGOLD.

Summary

DRDGOLD beats Gold Reserve on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

DRDGOLD Company Profile

DRDGOLD Limited, a gold mining company, engages in surface gold tailings retreatment business in South Africa. The company's activities include exploration, extraction, processing, and smelting. It recovers gold from surface tailings in the central and western Witwatersrand basin in Gauteng province. The company was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Rosebank, South Africa.

Gold Reserve Company Profile

Gold Reserve Inc., an exploration stage company, acquires, explores, and develops mineral properties. The company primarily focuses on the Siembra Minera Project, an open pit gold-copper mining project located in Bolivar, Venezuela. It also has an interest in the LMS Gold Project in Alaska. The company was founded in 1956 and is based in Spokane, Washington.

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