Comparing Cambrian Minerals Group (OTCMKTS:SMPR) & Intrepid Potash (IPI)

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Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) and Cambrian Minerals Group (OTCMKTS:SMPR) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.4% of Intrepid Potash shares are held by institutional investors. 27.7% of Intrepid Potash shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Intrepid Potash and Cambrian Minerals Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intrepid Potash 0 1 1 0 2.50
Cambrian Minerals Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Intrepid Potash currently has a consensus price target of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 42.49%. Given Intrepid Potash’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Intrepid Potash is more favorable than Cambrian Minerals Group.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intrepid Potash and Cambrian Minerals Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intrepid Potash $208.27 million 2.43 -$22.91 million $0.09 42.89
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A -$590,000.00 N/A N/A

Cambrian Minerals Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Intrepid Potash.

Profitability

This table compares Intrepid Potash and Cambrian Minerals Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intrepid Potash 6.04% 3.00% 2.36%
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cambrian Minerals Group has a beta of -6, suggesting that its share price is 700% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Intrepid Potash beats Cambrian Minerals Group on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intrepid Potash

Intrepid Potash, Inc. produces and sells potash and langbeinite products in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Potash and Trio. The Potash segment offers muriate of potash or potassium chloride for use as a fertilizer input in the agricultural market; as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells, as well as an input to other industrial processes in the industrial market; and as a nutrient supplement in the animal feed market. The Trio segment provides Trio, a specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate, and magnesium in a single particle. The company also sells water for use in the oil and gas services industry. In addition, it offers salt for use in animal feeds, industrial applications, pool salts, and treatment of roads and walkways; magnesium chloride for use in the deicing and dedusting of roads; brines for well development and completion applications in the oil and gas industry; and metal recovery salt, a combination of potash and salt to enhance the recovery of aluminum in the aluminum recycling processing facilities. Intrepid Potash, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

About Cambrian Minerals Group

Standard Metals Processing, Inc., an exploration stage company, focuses on operating as a custom toll milling and processing company in the western United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Its custom processing toll milling is a process whereby mined material is crushed and ground into fine particles to extract various precious minerals contained therein, such as gold, silver, and platinum metal groups. The company focuses on the laboratory testing, pilot testing, and custom processing of precious metal ores and concentrates from mining industry clients. Its assets include land covering 1,183 deeded acres in Esmeralda County, Nevada; buildings; mine tailings; a dormant milling facility; abandoned milling equipment; and water permits. The company was formerly known as Standard Gold Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Standard Metals Processing, Inc. in December 2013. Standard Metals Processing, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Gadsden, Alabama.

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