Critical Review: KAZ Minerals (KZMYY) versus Alumina (AWCMY)

KAZ Minerals (OTCMKTS: KZMYY) and Alumina (OTCMKTS:AWCMY) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Alumina shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Alumina shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

KAZ Minerals has a beta of 2.89, meaning that its share price is 189% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alumina has a beta of 0.25, meaning that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares KAZ Minerals and Alumina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KAZ Minerals N/A N/A N/A
Alumina N/A N/A N/A


Alumina pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. KAZ Minerals does not pay a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares KAZ Minerals and Alumina’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KAZ Minerals $1.66 billion 3.96 $447.00 million $0.54 13.63
Alumina $600,000.00 9,857.15 $339.80 million N/A N/A

KAZ Minerals has higher revenue and earnings than Alumina.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for KAZ Minerals and Alumina, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KAZ Minerals 1 0 0 0 1.00
Alumina 0 0 1 0 3.00


Alumina beats KAZ Minerals on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Alumina

Alumina Limited, through its 40% interest in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals, engages in bauxite mining, alumina refining, and aluminum smelting businesses. The company has a network of bauxite mines and alumina refineries in Australia, the United States, Guinea, Brazil, and Spain, as well as an interest in a smelter in Victoria Australia; and a bauxite mine and alumina refinery in Saudi Arabia. It also provides shipping services through owned and chartered vessels that transport dry and liquid bulk cargoes, including bauxite, alumina, caustic soda, fuel oil, petroleum, coke, and limestone. The company was formerly known as WMC Limited and changed its name to Alumina Limited in December 2002 as part of the demerger of the WMC Group. Alumina Limited was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Southbank, Australia.

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