Head to Head Survey: Sandstorm Gold (SAND) vs. Pershing Gold Corporation (PGLC)

Sandstorm Gold (NASDAQ: SAND) and Pershing Gold Corporation (NASDAQ:PGLC) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Sandstorm Gold and Pershing Gold Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sandstorm Gold 0 1 4 0 2.80
Pershing Gold Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

Sandstorm Gold presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.52%. Pershing Gold Corporation has a consensus target price of $7.88, indicating a potential upside of 163.38%. Given Pershing Gold Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pershing Gold Corporation is more favorable than Sandstorm Gold.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.7% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.8% of Pershing Gold Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sandstorm Gold and Pershing Gold Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sandstorm Gold $68.17 million 12.94 $43.87 million N/A N/A
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A N/A -$14.71 million ($0.59) -5.07

Sandstorm Gold has higher revenue and earnings than Pershing Gold Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Sandstorm Gold and Pershing Gold Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sandstorm Gold N/A N/A N/A
Pershing Gold Corporation N/A -43.00% -40.70%

Summary

Sandstorm Gold beats Pershing Gold Corporation on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sandstorm Gold

Sandstorm Gold Ltd is a Canada-based company engaged in providing financing to mining companies. The Company focuses on acquiring gold and other metal purchase agreements (Gold Streams or Silver Streams), and royalties from companies that have advanced stage development projects or operating mines. The Company operates in the segments of Bachelor Lake, Black Fox, Chapada Santa Elena, Yamana Silver Stream, Chapada, Diavik Mine, Other Royalties, Other and Corporate. The Company has acquired a portfolio of approximately 140 streams and royalties, of which approximately 20 of the underlying mines are producing. The Company’s projects include Yamana Silver Stream; Cerro Moro, which is located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of the coastal port city of Puerto Deseado; Chapada Mine, which is located 270 kilometers northwest of Brasilia in Goias state, Brazil; Black Fox Mine; Santa Elena Mine; Bachelor Lake Mine; Karma Mine; Ming Mine, Bracemac-McLeod Mine and Aurizona Mine.

About Pershing Gold Corporation

Pershing Gold Corporation is a gold and precious metals exploration company. The Company focuses on exploration, development and mining opportunities in Nevada. The Company is focused on exploration at its Relief Canyon properties in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada. The Company operates its business directly and also through its subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. Gold Acquisition Corp. owns and is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon Mine property in northwestern Nevada. The Company is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon expansion properties. The Relief Canyon Mine includes approximately three open pit mines, heap leach pads consisting of approximately six cells, approximately two solution ponds and a cement block constructed adsorption desorption-recovery (ADR) solution processing circuit. The Pershing Pass property includes approximately 490 lode mining claims. The Company has not generated any revenues.

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