First Quantum Minerals (OTCMKTS:FQVLF) & IMPALA PLATINUM/S (OTCMKTS:IMPUY) Critical Review

IMPALA PLATINUM/S (OTCMKTS:IMPUY) and First Quantum Minerals (OTCMKTS:FQVLF) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.


This table compares IMPALA PLATINUM/S and First Quantum Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Quantum Minerals 10.19% 4.63% 2.12%

Risk and Volatility

IMPALA PLATINUM/S has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, First Quantum Minerals has a beta of 3.53, suggesting that its stock price is 253% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for IMPALA PLATINUM/S and First Quantum Minerals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IMPALA PLATINUM/S 0 1 0 0 2.00
First Quantum Minerals 1 5 4 0 2.30

First Quantum Minerals has a consensus price target of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 84.41%. Given First Quantum Minerals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe First Quantum Minerals is more favorable than IMPALA PLATINUM/S.


First Quantum Minerals pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. IMPALA PLATINUM/S does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IMPALA PLATINUM/S and First Quantum Minerals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IMPALA PLATINUM/S $3.43 billion 1.48 $103.71 million $0.29 23.80
First Quantum Minerals $3.97 billion 1.46 $441.00 million N/A N/A

First Quantum Minerals has higher revenue and earnings than IMPALA PLATINUM/S.


First Quantum Minerals beats IMPALA PLATINUM/S on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.


Impala Platinum Holdings Limited engages in mining, processing, refining, and marketing platinum and associated platinum group metals (PGMs) in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It operates through Mining Operations, Refining Services, Chrome Processing, and Other segments. The company produces platinum, palladium, and rhodium, as well as nickel. It has operations on the PGM-bearing ore bodies, including the Bushveld Complex located in South Africa; and the Great Dyke situated in Zimbabwe. The company also provides smelting and refining services. Impala Platinum Holdings Limited is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

About First Quantum Minerals

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties. It primarily explores for copper, nickel, gold, and zinc ores, as well as produces acid. The company operates seven mines, including the Ravensthorpe nickel mine in Australia; the Kansanshi copper-gold mine and copper smelter in Zambia; the Sentinel copper operation in North Western Province of Zambia; the Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine in Mauritania; the Çayeli copper-zinc mine in Turkey; the Las Cruces copper mine in Spain; and the Pyhäsalmi copper-zinc mine in Finland. It also has interests in copper and nickel projects at various stages of development located in Panama, Argentina, Peru, and Zambia. The company was formerly known as First Quantum Ventures Ltd. and changed its name to First Quantum Minerals Ltd. in July 1996. First Quantum Minerals Ltd. was founded in 1983 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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