AMEX:VGZ

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Vista Gold Corp., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects primarily in Australia.

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Fundamentals

Flawless balance sheet with weak fundamentals.

Risks

  • Vista Gold has significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
  • Vista Gold is covered by less than 3 analysts.

Share Price & News

How has Vista Gold's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events


Market Performance


7 Day Return

6.5%

AMEX:VGZ

-1.0%

US Metals and Mining

0.2%

US Market


1 Year Return

68.5%

AMEX:VGZ

-15.9%

US Metals and Mining

-0.7%

US Market

VGZ outperformed the Metals and Mining industry which returned -15.3% over the past year.

VGZ outperformed the Market in United States of America which returned 0.3% over the past year.


Share holder returns

VGZIndustryMarket
7 Day6.5%-1.0%0.2%
30 Day5.3%-9.4%-2.7%
90 Day64.6%3.1%1.6%
1 Year68.5%68.5%-13.4%-15.9%1.6%-0.7%
3 Year-15.4%-15.4%-0.8%-5.9%40.0%30.9%
5 Year94.4%94.4%-17.6%-23.8%53.8%36.8%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Vista Gold's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is Vista Gold undervalued based on future cash flows and its price relative to the stock market?

5.67x

Price to Book (PB) ratio


Intrinsic Value Based on Future Cash Flows

Unable to calculate intrinsic value for Vista Gold to establish if it is available at moderate discount.

Unable to calculate intrinsic value for Vista Gold to establish if it is available at substantial discount.


Price Based on Earnings

Vista Gold is loss making, we can't compare its value to the US Metals and Mining industry average.

Vista Gold is loss making, we can't compare the value of its earnings to the United States of America market.


Price Based on Expected Growth

Unable to calculate PEG ratio for Vista Gold, we can't assess if its growth is good value.


Price Based on Value of Assets

Vista Gold is overvalued based on assets compared to the US Metals and Mining industry average.


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Future Growth

How is Vista Gold expected to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 2 analysts?

6.0%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Estimates


Future Annual Growth Analysis

Unable to determine if Vista Gold is high growth as no revenue estimate data is available.

Vista Gold is not considered high growth as it is expected to be loss making for the next 1-3 years.

Unable to compare Vista Gold's revenue growth to the United States of America market average as no estimate data is available.

Unable to compare Vista Gold's earnings growth to the United States of America market average as it is expected to be loss making during the next 1-3 years.

Unable to compare Vista Gold's earnings growth to the low risk savings rate as it is expected to be loss making during the next 1-3 years.


Earnings per Share Growth Estimates


Future Return on Equity

Unable to establish if Vista Gold will efficiently use shareholders’ funds in the future without estimates of Return on Equity.


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Past Performance

How has Vista Gold performed over the past 5 years?

7.9%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Vista Gold does not make a profit even though their year on year earnings growth rate was positive over the past 5 years.

Unable to compare Vista Gold's 1-year earnings growth to the 5-year average as it is not currently profitable.

Unable to compare Vista Gold's 1-year growth to the US Metals and Mining industry average as it is not currently profitable.


Return on Equity

It is difficult to establish if Vista Gold has efficiently used shareholders’ funds last year (Return on Equity greater than 20%) as it is loss-making.


Return on Assets

It is difficult to establish if Vista Gold has efficiently used its assets last year compared to the US Metals and Mining industry average (Return on Assets) as it is loss-making.


Return on Capital Employed

It is difficult to establish if Vista Gold improved its use of capital last year versus 3 years ago (Return on Capital Employed) as it is currently loss-making.


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Financial Health

How is Vista Gold's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Vista Gold is able to meet its short term (1 year) commitments with its holdings of cash and other short term assets.

Vista Gold's cash and other short term assets cover its long term commitments.


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Vista Gold has no debt.

Vista Gold currently has no debt however we can't compare to 5 years ago as we have no data for that period.


Balance Sheet

High level of physical assets or inventory.

Vista Gold has no debt, it does not need to be covered by short term assets.


Cash Runway Analysis

For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.

Vista Gold has sufficient cash runway for 1.4 years based on current free cash flow.

Vista Gold has sufficient cash runway for 1.4 years if free cash flow continues to grow at historical rates of 20.1% each year.


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Dividend

What is Vista Gold's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Dividend Yield and Payments Analysis

Unable to evaluate Vista Gold's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers as the company has not reported any payouts.

Unable to evaluate Vista Gold's dividend against the top 25% market benchmark as the company has not reported any payouts.

Unable to perform a dividend volatility check as Vista Gold has not reported any payouts.

Unable to verify if Vista Gold's dividend has been increasing as the company has not reported any payouts.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Unable to calculate sustainability of dividends as Vista Gold has not reported any payouts.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Insufficient estimate data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be sustainable.


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Management

What is the CEO of Vista Gold's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?

3.7yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Fred Earnest (57yo)

7.6yrs

Tenure

US$679,199

Compensation

Mr. Frederick H. Earnest, also known as Fred, B.Sc. has been the Chief Executive Officer of Vista Gold Corp. since January 1, 2012 and serves as its President. Mr. Earnest served as President at Vista Gold ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Fred's remuneration is higher than average for companies of similar size in United States of America.

Fred's compensation has increased whilst company is loss making.


Management Age and Tenure

3.7yrs

Average Tenure

The tenure for the Vista Gold management team is about average.


Board Age and Tenure

11.8yrs

Average Tenure

66yo

Average Age

The average tenure for the Vista Gold board of directors is over 10 years, this suggests they are a seasoned and experienced board.


Insider Trading

Vista Gold individual insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months, but not in substantial volumes.


Recent Insider Transactions

SellUS$4,26124 Jun 19
John Engele
EntityIndividual
Shares5,300
Max PriceUS$0.82
SellUS$6,80014 Jun 19
John Engele
EntityIndividual
Shares10,000
Max PriceUS$0.68
SellUS$7,10014 Jun 19
John Engele
EntityIndividual
Shares10,000
Max PriceUS$0.72
SellUS$13,81719 Mar 19
John Engele
EntityIndividual
Shares18,300
Max PriceUS$0.76
SellUS$5,09218 Mar 19
John Engele
EntityIndividual
Shares6,700
Max PriceUS$0.76
SellUS$7,70913 Sep 18
William Eppler
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Director
Shares16,000
Max PriceUS$0.49
SellUS$7,70912 Sep 18
William Eppler
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Director
Shares16,000
Max PriceUS$0.48

Ownership Breakdown


Management Team

  • Doug Tobler

    Chief Financial Officer

    • Tenure: 0.1yrs
  • Fred Earnest (57yo)

    President

    • Tenure: 7.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$679.20k
  • Pamela Solly

    VP of Investor Relations

    • Tenure: 0.3yrs
  • John Rozelle (64yo)

    Senior Vice President

    • Tenure: 7.0yrs
    • Compensation: US$357.91k

Board Members

  • Michael Richings (74yo)

    Non-Executive Chairman

    • Tenure: 11.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$102.27k
  • Tom Ogryzlo (79yo)

    Director

    • Tenure: 24.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$78.27k
  • Randy Eppler (65yo)

    Director

    • Tenure: 14.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$90.27k
  • John Clark (64yo)

    Director

    • Tenure: 18.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$81.27k
  • Fred Earnest (57yo)

    President

    • Tenure: 7.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$679.20k
  • Deborah Friedman (66yo)

    Director

    • Tenure: 0.4yrs
  • Tracy Stevenson (68yo)

    Director

    • Tenure: 11.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$84.65k

Company Information

Vista Gold Corp.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Vista Gold Corp.
  • Ticker: VGZ
  • Exchange: AMEX
  • Founded: 1983
  • Industry: Gold
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: US$91.037m
  • Shares outstanding: 100.54m
  • Website: https://www.vistagold.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Vista Gold Corp.
  • 7961 Shaffer Parkway
  • Suite 5
  • Littleton
  • Colorado
  • 80127
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
VGZAMEX (NYSE MKT LLC)YesCommon SharesUSUSDNov 1984
VGZTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesCACADNov 1984
JEJDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURNov 1984

Biography

Vista Gold Corp., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects primarily in Australia. Its flagship asse ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/08/20 23:49
End of Day Share Price2019/08/20 00:00
Earnings2019/06/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


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.