Gold Fields (GFI) versus Its Peers Financial Comparison

Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI) is one of 41 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold & silver ores” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Gold Fields to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

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Gold Fields has a beta of -0.85, meaning that its stock price is 185% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gold Fields’ competitors have a beta of 0.34, meaning that their average stock price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Gold Fields pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Gold Fields pays out 29.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 48.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Gold Fields has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Gold Fields is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Gold Fields and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gold Fields 0 3 3 0 2.50
Gold Fields Competitors 424 1738 1624 67 2.35

Gold Fields currently has a consensus target price of $5.66, indicating a potential upside of 46.50%. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies have a potential upside of 20.79%. Given Gold Fields’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Gold Fields is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gold Fields and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Gold Fields $2.76 billion -$18.70 million 16.08
Gold Fields Competitors $1.40 billion $84.66 million 42.66

Gold Fields has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Gold Fields is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Gold Fields and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gold Fields N/A N/A N/A
Gold Fields Competitors -8.64% 3.68% 2.67%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.8% of Gold Fields shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.5% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Gold Fields beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Gold Fields

Gold Fields Limited produces gold and holds gold reserves in South Africa, Ghana, Australia, and Peru. It engages in underground and surface gold and surface copper mining and related activities, including exploration, extraction, processing, and smelting. The company holds interests in eight operating mines with an annual gold-equivalent production of approximately 2.2 million ounces, as well as mineral reserves of approximately 48 million ounces and mineral resources of approximately 101 million ounces. It also holds attributable copper mineral reserves totaling 454 million pounds and mineral resources totaling 5,813 million pounds. Gold Fields Limited was founded in 1887 and is based in Sandton, South Africa.

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