Alumina (OTCMKTS: AWCMY) and KAZ Minerals (OTCMKTS:KZMYY) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.
This table compares Alumina and KAZ Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Alumina pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. KAZ Minerals does not pay a dividend.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Alumina and KAZ Minerals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|KAZ Minerals||$1.66 billion||3.55||$447.00 million||$0.20||33.00|
KAZ Minerals has higher revenue and earnings than Alumina.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
0.2% of Alumina shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Alumina shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Alumina and KAZ Minerals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Risk & Volatility
Alumina has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KAZ Minerals has a beta of 2.89, indicating that its share price is 189% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Alumina beats KAZ Minerals on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Alumina Limited invests in bauxite mining, alumina refining and selected aluminum smelting operations. The Company’s business undertaking is in the global bauxite, alumina and aluminum industry, which it conducts principally through bauxite mining and alumina refining, with some minor alumina-based chemicals businesses, aluminum smelting and the marketing of those products. The Company conducts these business activities through its joint venture, Alcoa World Alumina & Chemicals (AWAC). AWAC is a producer of alumina and miner of bauxite. AWAC operates mines integrated with alumina refineries in Western Australia and Brazil. Other refineries operate in Spain and Texas in the United States. AWAC’s bauxite deposits are extracted by open cast mining from strata, typically 4 to 6 meters thick under a shallow covering of topsoil and vegetation. The topsoil is removed and stored for later use in restoration of the forest. AWAC supplies bauxite ore to Pinjarra and Kwinana Refineries.
About KAZ Minerals
KAZ Minerals PLC, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining, processing, and sale of copper concentrates primarily in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The company operates through Bozshakol, Aktogay, and East Region and Bozymchak segments. It operates the Bozshakol open pit mine in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan; Aktogay open pit mine located in eastern Kazakhstan; three underground mines and concentrators located in the eastern region of Kazakhstan; and the Bozymchak copper-gold open pit mine located in western Kyrgyzstan. It also produces and sells various by-products, such as gold, silver, molybdenum, zinc. The company was formerly known as Kazakhmys PLC and changed its name to KAZ Minerals PLC in October 2014. KAZ Minerals PLC was founded in 1930 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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