Critical Contrast: Sandstorm Gold (SAND) vs. Its Rivals

Sandstorm Gold (NYSE: SAND) is one of 102 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold & silver ores” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Sandstorm Gold to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.5% of Sandstorm Gold shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.2% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.1% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sandstorm Gold and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sandstorm Gold $89.43 million $16.40 million 83.00
Sandstorm Gold Competitors $1.10 billion $90.11 million 40.86

Sandstorm Gold’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Sandstorm Gold. Sandstorm Gold is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Sandstorm Gold and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sandstorm Gold 0 1 1 0 2.50
Sandstorm Gold Competitors 741 2847 2656 96 2.33

Sandstorm Gold currently has a consensus target price of $14.25, suggesting a potential upside of 90.76%. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies have a potential upside of 36.78%. Given Sandstorm Gold’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Sandstorm Gold is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Sandstorm Gold has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sandstorm Gold’s rivals have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Sandstorm Gold and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sandstorm Gold 10.10% 3.06% 2.84%
Sandstorm Gold Competitors -22.80% -12.40% -0.80%


Sandstorm Gold beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Sandstorm Gold

Sandstorm Gold Ltd. operates as a gold royalty company. It focuses on acquiring gold and other metal purchase agreements and royalties from companies that have advanced stage development projects or operating mines. The company offers upfront payments for companies to acquire a gold stream or royalty and receives the right to purchase a percentage of a mine's production for the life of the mine at a fixed price per unit or at a fixed percentage of the spot price. It has a portfolio of 191 streams and royalties. The company has operations in Canada, Mexico, the United States, Mongolia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Cote D'Ivoire, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Honduras, French Guiana, Turkey, Sweden, and Australia. The company was formerly known as Sandstorm Resources Ltd. and changed its name to Sandstorm Gold Ltd. in February 2011. Sandstorm Gold Ltd. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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