Head-To-Head Comparison: Alpha Appalachia (MEE) & Natural Resource Partners (NRP)

Alpha Appalachia (NYSE: MEE) and Natural Resource Partners (NYSE:NRP) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Alpha Appalachia and Natural Resource Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alpha Appalachia N/A N/A N/A
Natural Resource Partners 26.38% 34.32% 4.38%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alpha Appalachia and Natural Resource Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alpha Appalachia N/A N/A N/A ($2.05) N/A
Natural Resource Partners $400.06 million 0.75 $96.89 million $2.50 9.82

Natural Resource Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Alpha Appalachia. Alpha Appalachia is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Natural Resource Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.6% of Natural Resource Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 39.0% of Natural Resource Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Natural Resource Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Alpha Appalachia does not pay a dividend. Natural Resource Partners pays out 72.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Alpha Appalachia and Natural Resource Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alpha Appalachia 0 0 0 0 N/A
Natural Resource Partners 0 1 0 0 2.00

Natural Resource Partners has a consensus target price of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.27%.

Summary

Natural Resource Partners beats Alpha Appalachia on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alpha Appalachia

Massey Energy Company (Massey) is a coal producer in the United States. The Company produces, processes and sells bituminous coal of various steam and metallurgical grades, primarily of a low sulfur content, through its 25 processing and shipping centers (Resource Groups), many of which receive coal from multiple mines. At January 31, 2011, the Company operated 84 mines, including 66 underground mines (one of which employs both room and pillar and longwall mining) and 18 surface mines (with 12 highwall miners in operation) in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. On April 19, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Cumberland Resources Corporation and certain affiliated entities (Cumberland). The Cumberland operations include primarily underground coal mines in Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The Company owns a majority interest in Coalsolv, LLC (Coalsolv).

About Natural Resource Partners

Natural Resource Partners L.P. owns, operates, manages and leases a portfolio of mineral properties in the United States, including interests in coal, trona and soda ash, construction aggregates and other natural resources. Coal Royalty and Other segment consists primarily of coal royalty and coal related transportation and processing assets. As of December 31, 2016, Soda Ash segment included the Company’s 49% non-controlling equity interest in Ciner Wyoming, a trona ore mining operation and soda ash refinery in the Green River Basin, Wyoming. VantaCore’s operating businesses include Laurel Aggregates, located in Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania; Winn Materials/McIntosh Construction, located in Clarksville, Tennessee; Grand Rivers, located in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, and Southern Aggregates, located near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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