First Quantum Minerals (OTCMKTS:FQVLF) and IMPALA PLATINUM/S (OTCMKTS:IMPUY) Head to Head Analysis

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

Institutional and 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 stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares First Quantum Minerals and IMPALA PLATINUM/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Quantum Minerals $3.97 billion 1.66 $441.00 million N/A N/A
IMPALA PLATINUM/S $3.43 billion 1.52 $103.71 million $0.29 24.48

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

Volatility & Risk

First Quantum Minerals has a beta of 3.58, meaning that its share price is 258% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IMPALA PLATINUM/S has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for First Quantum Minerals and IMPALA PLATINUM/S, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Quantum Minerals 1 4 5 0 2.40
IMPALA PLATINUM/S 0 1 0 0 2.00

First Quantum Minerals currently has a consensus target price of $14.67, suggesting a potential upside of 53.42%. Given First Quantum Minerals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe First Quantum Minerals is more favorable than IMPALA PLATINUM/S.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Quantum Minerals 6.67% 3.69% 1.68%


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.


First Quantum Minerals beats IMPALA PLATINUM/S on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

First Quantum Minerals Company Profile

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.


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.

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