Alliance Resource Partners (NASDAQ: ARLP) and Consol Energy (NYSE:CEIX) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
14.0% of Alliance Resource Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.3% of Consol Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.0% of Alliance Resource Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Alliance Resource Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.5%. Consol Energy does not pay a dividend. Alliance Resource Partners pays out 66.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Alliance Resource Partners and Consol Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Alliance Resource Partners||16.90%||26.77%||14.07%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Alliance Resource Partners and Consol Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Alliance Resource Partners||$1.80 billion||1.30||$303.64 million||$3.07||5.80|
|Consol Energy||$1.41 billion||0.65||$67.63 million||N/A||N/A|
Alliance Resource Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Consol Energy.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Alliance Resource Partners and Consol Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Alliance Resource Partners||0||1||2||0||2.67|
Alliance Resource Partners currently has a consensus target price of $27.33, suggesting a potential upside of 53.56%. Consol Energy has a consensus target price of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.16%. Given Alliance Resource Partners’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Alliance Resource Partners is more favorable than Consol Energy.
Alliance Resource Partners beats Consol Energy on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Alliance Resource Partners
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. is a producer and marketer of coal primarily to the United States utilities and industrial users. The Company operates through segments, including Illinois Basin, Appalachia, and Other and Corporate. The Illinois Basin segment consists of various operating segments, including Webster County Coal, LLC’s Dotiki mining complex, Gibson County Coal, LLC’s mining complex, which includes the Gibson North mine and Gibson South mine, Hopkins County Coal, LLC’s mining complex, which includes the Elk Creek mine, the Pleasant View surface mineable reserves and the Fies property, White County Coal, LLC’s, Pattiki mining complex, Warrior Coal, LLC’s mining complex, Sebree Mining, LLC’s mining complex, which includes the Onton mine and River View Coal, LLC mining complex. The Appalachia segment consists of multiple operating segments, including the Mettiki mining complex, the Tunnel Ridge mining complex and the MC Mining mining complex.
About Consol Energy
CONSOL Energy Inc., formerly CONSOL Mining Corporation, is engaged in the natural gas exploration and production business. The Company is a producer and exporter of high-Btu bituminous thermal and crossover metallurgical coal. It holds interest in the Pennsylvania Mining Complex (PMC) and related coal assets, terminal operations at the Port of Baltimore. The Company also holds interest in the undeveloped coal reserves located in the Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian and Illinois basins. The Pennsylvania Mining complex, located in Greene and Washington counties. PMC includes Bailey Mine, Enlow Fork Mine, Harvey Mine, Centralized Coal Processing facility and Train Loadout facility.
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