US Gold (NASDAQ:USAU) vs. Atlatsa Resources (NASDAQ:ATLRF) Financial Analysis

US Gold (NASDAQ:USAU) and Atlatsa Resources (OTCMKTS:ATLRF) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares US Gold and Atlatsa Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Gold N/A -97.47% -93.69%
Atlatsa Resources N/A N/A -51.79%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for US Gold and Atlatsa Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Gold 0 0 1 0 3.00
Atlatsa Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

US Gold presently has a consensus price target of $2.70, suggesting a potential upside of 197.55%. Given US Gold’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe US Gold is more favorable than Atlatsa Resources.

Risk and Volatility

US Gold has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlatsa Resources has a beta of -0.45, meaning that its stock price is 145% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.7% of US Gold shares are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of US Gold shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of Atlatsa Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares US Gold and Atlatsa Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Gold N/A N/A -$8.05 million ($0.44) -2.06
Atlatsa Resources $4.26 million 6.51 -$72.56 million N/A N/A

US Gold has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Atlatsa Resources.

Summary

US Gold beats Atlatsa Resources on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

US Gold Company Profile

U.S. Gold Corp. operates as a gold exploration and development company in the United States. It has a portfolio of development and exploration properties. The company's properties include the Copper King project, an advanced stage gold and copper exploration and development project located in southeast Wyoming; Keystone project, an exploration property on the Cortez Trend in Nevada; and the Gold Bar North project, a gold exploration property located in Eureka County, Nevada. The company is based in Elko, Nevada.

Atlatsa Resources Company Profile

Atlatsa Resources Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and mining of platinum group metal properties in the Republic of South Africa. The company was formerly known as Anooraq Resources Corporation and changed its name to Atlatsa Resources Corporation in May 2012. The company was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Atlatsa Resources Corporation is a subsidiary of Atlatsa Holdings Proprietary Limited.

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