Comparing of Sibanye Gold Limited (SBGL) and Comstock Mining Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:LODE)

Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE:SBGL) and Comstock Mining Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:LODE) have been rivals in the Gold for quite some time. Below is a review of each business including various aspects such as analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sibanye Gold Limited N/A 0.00 N/A 0.05 50.56
Comstock Mining Inc. N/A 95.11 9.32M -0.18 0.00

In table 1 we can see Sibanye Gold Limited and Comstock Mining Inc.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.


Table 2 demonstrates the return on equity, net margins and return on assets of Sibanye Gold Limited and Comstock Mining Inc.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sibanye Gold Limited 0.00% 2% 0.6%
Comstock Mining Inc. 0.00% -84.3% -31.1%

Risk and Volatility

A beta of -0.21 shows that Sibanye Gold Limited is 121.00% less volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500. In other hand, Comstock Mining Inc. has beta of -1.08 which is 208.00% more volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500.


Sibanye Gold Limited has a Current Ratio of 1.8 and a Quick Ratio of 1.3. Competitively, Comstock Mining Inc.’s Current Ratio is 4.9 and has 4.9 Quick Ratio. Comstock Mining Inc.’s better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Sibanye Gold Limited.


Sibanye Gold Limited pays out its dividends annually at $0.05 per share and 1.19% dividend yield. Comstock Mining Inc. does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

Sibanye Gold Limited and Comstock Mining Inc. Ratings and Recommendations are available on the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sibanye Gold Limited 1 0 0 1.00
Comstock Mining Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors owned 31% of Sibanye Gold Limited shares and 12.9% of Comstock Mining Inc. shares. Comparatively, insiders own roughly 0.7% of Comstock Mining Inc.’s shares.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Sibanye Gold Limited 11.89% 10.08% 10.08% -1.09% -41.22% -43.78%
Comstock Mining Inc. -6.07% -18.92% 0% -45.26% -58.33% -61.54%

For the past year Sibanye Gold Limited has stronger performance than Comstock Mining Inc.


Sibanye Gold Limited beats on 8 of the 10 factors Comstock Mining Inc.

Sibanye Gold Limited operates as a precious metals mining company in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the United States. The company operates through Gold and Platinum divisions. It owns and operates gold, uranium, and platinum group metals (PGM), including platinum, palladium, and rhodium operations and projects, as well as produces by-products, such as iridium, ruthenium, nickel, copper, and chrome. The company owns and operates four underground and surface gold operations in the West Witwatersrand region and the southern Free State province of South Africa; and underground and surface PGM operations in the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa, the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, and Montana in the United States. It also owns and manages extraction and processing facilities to produce gold doré; recycles PGMs from catalytic converters and other industrial sources; and operates a smelter and base metal refinery. Sibanye Gold Limited was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Westonaria, South Africa.

Comstock Mining Inc. operates as a gold and silver mining company in Nevada. The company operates in two segments, Mining and Real Estate. The Mining segment owns and controls approximately 8,631 acres, including approximately 2,266 acres of patented claims and surface parcels; and approximately 6,365 acres of unpatented mining claims in the Comstock and Silver City Districts. This segment primarily focuses on exploring and developing properties located in the Lucerne Resource area in Storey County, Nevada. The Real Estate segment owns the Daney Ranch property located in Silver City; the Gold Hill Hotel, which consists of a hotel, restaurant, and bar located in Gold Hill, Nevada, as well as a 98-acre Silver Springs property, senior water rights and other lands, and homes and cottages; and real estate rental properties. Comstock Mining Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Virginia City, Nevada.