Rare Element Resource (REEMF) and Barrick Gold (ABX) Critical Comparison

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Rare Element Resource (OTCMKTS:REEMF) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) 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

Rare Element Resource has a beta of 4.09, indicating that its share price is 309% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barrick Gold has a beta of -0.54, indicating that its share price is 154% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Rare Element Resource and Barrick Gold’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rare Element Resource N/A -44.49% -23.19%
Barrick Gold -8.75% 5.38% 2.37%

Dividends

Barrick Gold pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Rare Element Resource does not pay a dividend. Barrick Gold pays out 37.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Rare Element Resource and Barrick Gold, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rare Element Resource 0 0 0 0 N/A
Barrick Gold 1 12 4 0 2.18

Barrick Gold has a consensus target price of $15.58, suggesting a potential upside of 16.51%. Given Barrick Gold’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Barrick Gold is more favorable than Rare Element Resource.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Rare Element Resource shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.7% of Barrick Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Rare Element Resource 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Rare Element Resource and Barrick Gold’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rare Element Resource N/A N/A -$850,000.00 N/A N/A
Barrick Gold $8.37 billion 1.86 $1.44 billion $0.75 17.83

Barrick Gold has higher revenue and earnings than Rare Element Resource.

Summary

Barrick Gold beats Rare Element Resource on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rare Element Resource

Rare Element Resources Ltd. explores for mineral properties in the United States. The company primarily explores for gold and rare earth element (REE) deposits. It holds a 100% interest in the Bear Lodge property that comprises the Bear Lodge REE project and the Sundance Gold project located in central Crook County, northeast Wyoming. Rare Element Resources Ltd. is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.

About Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties. It primarily explores for gold and copper deposits. The company holds a 50% interest in the Veladero mine located in the San Juan Province of Argentina; 50% interest in the KCGM, a gold mine located in Australia; 95% interest in Porgera, a gold mine located in Papua New Guinea; 50% interest in the Zaldívar, a copper mine located in Chile; and 50% interest in the Jabal Sayid, a copper mine located in Saudi Arabia. It also owns gold mines and exploration properties in Africa; and gold projects located in South America and North America. Barrick Gold Corporation has strategic cooperation agreement with Shandong Gold Group Co. Ltd. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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