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Hecla MiningNYSE:HL Stock Report

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21 Jan, 2022


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HL fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth3/6
Past Performance2/6
Financial Health4/6

HL Stock Overview

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal properties in the United States and internationally.

Hecla Mining Competitors

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Barrick Gold



Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Hecla Mining
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$5.33
52 Week HighUS$9.44
52 Week LowUS$4.50
1 Month Change0.76%
3 Month Change-8.73%
1 Year Change-1.11%
3 Year Change114.06%
5 Year Change-15.93%
Change since IPO-62.27%

Recent News & Updates

Jan 19

Hecla Mining: A Strong Finish To The Year For Lucky Friday

Hecla Mining released its preliminary Q4 and FY2021 results last week, reporting quarterly production of ~3.23 million ounces of silver and ~48,000 ounces of gold. This translated to a sharp decline in silver production on a year-over-year basis, with lower output attributed to no production from San Sebastian and lower grades at Greens Creek. Looking ahead to FY2022, we should see higher silver-equivalent production at industry-leading costs, and with metals weak for much of 2021, Hecla should be up against much easier year-over-year comps. With Hecla trading at a market cap of ~$2.86 billion, I still don't see enough margin of safety, but from a swing-trading standpoint, dips below $4.90 should offer low-risk buying opportunities.

Dec 31

Hecla Mining: Approaching A Low-Risk Buy Zone

Hecla Mining is one of the worst-performing silver miners thus far in Q4, down 7% vs. a 4% increase in the Silver Miners Index. The poor performance can be attributed to a miss on the company's Q4 results, with higher workforce turnover weighing on production at its Greens Creek Mine in Alaska. These issues appear to be resolved, which should allow Hecla to access an increased proportion of higher-grade material in Q4. Given Hecla's industry-leading margins and superior risk profile relative to peers, I would view pullbacks below $4.85 as low-risk buying opportunities from a swing trading standpoint.

Dec 04
Is Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) Using Too Much Debt?

Is Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) Using Too Much Debt?

Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility...

Oct 26
Is Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At Its Intrinsic Value

Is Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At Its Intrinsic Value

Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL ) by taking the...

Shareholder Returns

HLUS Metals and MiningUS Market

Return vs Industry: HL underperformed the US Metals and Mining industry which returned 18.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: HL underperformed the US Market which returned 6.6% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is HL's price volatile compared to industry and market?
HL volatility
HL Average Weekly Movement6.9%
Metals and Mining Industry Average Movement9.2%
Market Average Movement6.6%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market15.7%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market2.4%

Stable Share Price: HL is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 7% a week.

Volatility Over Time: HL's weekly volatility (7%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

18911,591Phillips Baker

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and produces precious and base metal properties in the United States and internationally. The company offers lead, zinc, and bulk concentrates, as well as carbon materials to custom smelters, metal traders, and third-party processors; and unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska; the Lucky Friday mine located in northern Idaho; the Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec, Canada; and the San Sebastian mine located in the city of Durango, Mexico.

Hecla Mining Fundamentals Summary

How do Hecla Mining's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
HL fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$2.87b
Earnings (TTM)US$18.44m
Revenue (TTM)US$811.29m


P/E Ratio


P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
HL income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$427.65m
Gross ProfitUS$383.63m

Last Reported Earnings

Sep 30, 2021

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)0.034
Gross Margin47.29%
Net Profit Margin2.27%
Debt/Equity Ratio29.1%

How did HL perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison



Current Dividend Yield


Payout Ratio


Is Hecla Mining undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: HL ($5.33) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($2.08)

Significantly Below Fair Value: HL is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: HL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (155.6x) compared to the US Metals and Mining industry average (8.6x).

PE vs Market: HL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (155.6x) compared to the US market (16.7x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: HL is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: HL is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.6x) compared to the US Metals and Mining industry average (2.1x).

Future Growth

How is Hecla Mining forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 7 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: HL's forecast earnings growth (78.9% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: HL's earnings (78.9% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (13.1% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: HL's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: HL's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-6% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: HL's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (1.5%).

Past Performance

How has Hecla Mining performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: HL has a large one-off loss of $36.9M impacting its September 30 2021 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: HL became profitable in the past.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: HL has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by -21.7% per year.

Accelerating Growth: HL has become profitable in the last year, making the earnings growth rate difficult to compare to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: HL has become profitable in the last year, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Metals and Mining industry (125.5%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: HL's Return on Equity (1.1%) is considered low.

Financial Health

How is Hecla Mining's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: HL's short term assets ($310.3M) exceed its short term liabilities ($126.2M).

Long Term Liabilities: HL's short term assets ($310.3M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($805.3M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: HL's net debt to equity ratio (18.2%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: HL's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 34.3% to 29.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: HL's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (45.7%).

Interest Coverage: HL's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (2.2x coverage).

Balance Sheet


What is Hecla Mining current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: HL's dividend (0.84%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.36%).

High Dividend: HL's dividend (0.84%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.55%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: HL's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: HL's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: At its current payout ratio (79.7%), HL's payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: HL's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (63% payout ratio).

Next Steps


How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Phillips Baker (61 yo)





Mr. Phillips S. Baker, Jr., has been the Chief Executive Officer of Hecla Mining Company since May 9, 2003 and its President since November 2001. Mr. Baker served as the Chief Financial Officer of Hecla Mi...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Phillips's total compensation ($USD5.19M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.23M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Phillips's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: HL's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.5 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: HL's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 10.3 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Hecla Mining Company's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Hecla Mining Company
  • Ticker: HL
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1891
  • Industry: Silver
  • Sector: Materials
  • Implied Market Cap: US$2.868b
  • Shares outstanding: 538.14m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Hecla Mining Company
  • 6500 North Mineral Drive
  • Suite 200
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Idaho
  • 83815-9408
  • United States


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/01/21 23:36
End of Day Share Price2022/01/21 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.