Financial Contrast: Franco Nevada (FNV) and Richmont Mines (NYSE:RIC)

Richmont Mines (NYSE: RIC) and Franco Nevada (NYSE:FNV) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.


This table compares Richmont Mines and Franco Nevada’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Richmont Mines 13.14% 8.60% 6.94%
Franco Nevada 22.12% 4.31% 4.23%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Richmont Mines and Franco Nevada, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Richmont Mines 0 1 2 0 2.67
Franco Nevada 1 6 4 0 2.27

Richmont Mines presently has a consensus price target of $12.33, suggesting a potential upside of 28.44%. Franco Nevada has a consensus price target of $84.78, suggesting a potential upside of 6.04%. Given Richmont Mines’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Richmont Mines is more favorable than Franco Nevada.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

53.8% of Richmont Mines shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Franco Nevada shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Richmont Mines and Franco Nevada’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Richmont Mines $127.39 million 4.81 $9.41 million $0.27 35.56
Franco Nevada $610.20 million 24.33 $122.20 million $0.81 98.70

Franco Nevada has higher revenue and earnings than Richmont Mines. Richmont Mines is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Franco Nevada, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Franco Nevada pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Richmont Mines does not pay a dividend. Franco Nevada pays out 113.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Franco Nevada has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


Franco Nevada beats Richmont Mines on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Richmont Mines

Richmont Mines Inc, formerly Ressources Minieres Rouyn Inc, is a Canada-based mining company. The Company is engaged in the mining, exploration and development of mining properties, principally gold. The Company operates gold mines at various sites in Quebec and Ontario. The Company’s segments include Quebec and Ontario. The Company is engaged in the production of gold from the Island Gold Mine in Ontario and the Beaufor Mine in Quebec. The Island Gold mine is located approximately 80 kilometers northeast of Wawa, Ontario. It is part of the Island Gold Project, which is divided into more than eight parts (properties) comprising approximately 200 patented, leased and staked claims covering approximately 8,000 hectares, mainly within the townships of Finan and Jacobson. The Island Gold Project is located in the Michipicoten Greenstone Belt. The Beaufor Mine is located approximately 20 kilometers northeast of Val-d’Or, Quebec.

About Franco Nevada

Franco-Nevada Corporation (Franco-Nevada) is a gold-focused royalty and stream company. The Company has interests in silver, platinum group metals, oil and gas and other resource assets. The Company is engaged in resource sector royalty/stream acquisitions and management activities. It has a portfolio of properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Africa. Its properties in the United States include Goldstrike, Stillwater, Gold Quarry, Marigold, Fire Creek/Midas, Bald Mountain, South Arturo and Other. Its properties in Canada include Sudbury, Detour Lake, Golden Highway, Musselwhite, Hemlo, Kirkland Lake, Timmins West, Canadian Malartic and Other. Its properties in Latin America include Antapaccay, Antamina, Candelaria, Guadalupe-Palmarejo and Other. Its properties in Rest of World include Mine Waste Solutions (MWS), Sabodala, Subika, Tasiast, Karma, Duketon, Edikan and Other.

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