Hecla Mining (HL) vs. Its Competitors Head-To-Head Comparison

Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Hecla Mining to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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59.9% of Hecla Mining shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hecla Mining shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Hecla Mining and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hecla Mining 0 2 4 0 2.67
Hecla Mining Competitors 193 705 868 28 2.41

Hecla Mining currently has a consensus target price of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 43.44%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 19.42%. Given Hecla Mining’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hecla Mining is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

Hecla Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Hecla Mining pays out 10.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 46.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Hecla Mining has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hecla Mining’s rivals have a beta of 0.66, meaning that their average share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hecla Mining and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hecla Mining $577.78 million -$23.51 million 36.60
Hecla Mining Competitors $1.87 billion $261.07 million 14.83

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

Profitability

This table compares Hecla Mining and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hecla Mining -4.07% 2.17% 1.36%
Hecla Mining Competitors 8.93% 9.40% 4.85%

Summary

Hecla Mining rivals beat Hecla Mining on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Hecla Mining

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal deposits worldwide. The company offers zinc, lead, and bulk flotation concentrates to custom smelters and brokers; and unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island, Alaska; Lucky Friday mine located in northern Idaho; Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada; and San Sebastian mine located in the state of Durango, Mexico. Hecla Mining Company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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