Reviewing Piedmont Lithium (PLL) & Its Competitors

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Piedmont Lithium (NASDAQ: PLL) is one of 26 public companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Piedmont Lithium to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Piedmont Lithium has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Piedmont Lithium’s rivals have a beta of 1.11, suggesting that their average stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Piedmont Lithium and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Piedmont Lithium N/A N/A N/A
Piedmont Lithium Competitors 13.85% 7.79% 14.21%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Piedmont Lithium shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.1% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.8% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Piedmont Lithium and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Piedmont Lithium 0 0 0 0 N/A
Piedmont Lithium Competitors 314 969 1095 37 2.35

As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 7.40%. Given Piedmont Lithium’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Piedmont Lithium has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Piedmont Lithium and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Piedmont Lithium N/A -$9.95 million -5.03
Piedmont Lithium Competitors $1.80 billion $230.45 million 18.85

Piedmont Lithium’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Piedmont Lithium. Piedmont Lithium is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Piedmont Lithium rivals beat Piedmont Lithium on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

Piedmont Lithium Company Profile

Piedmont Lithium Limited engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in the United States. It primarily holds a 100% interest in the Piedmont lithium project covering a landholding of 1,092 acres in the Carolina Lithium Belt, North Carolina. The company was formerly known as WCP Resources Limited and changed its name to Piedmont Lithium Limited in August 2017. Piedmont Lithium Limited is based in Perth, Australia.

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