Contrasting Ramaco Resources (METC) and CONSOL Coal Resources (CCR)

Ramaco Resources (NASDAQ: METC) and CONSOL Coal Resources (NYSE:CCR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ramaco Resources and CONSOL Coal Resources’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ramaco Resources $61.04 million 4.16 -$15.41 million ($0.41) -15.44
CONSOL Coal Resources $322.78 million 1.26 $40.46 million $1.46 10.10

CONSOL Coal Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Ramaco Resources. Ramaco Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CONSOL Coal Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.7% of Ramaco Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.1% of CONSOL Coal Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CONSOL Coal Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.9%. Ramaco Resources does not pay a dividend. CONSOL Coal Resources pays out 140.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ramaco Resources and CONSOL Coal Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ramaco Resources 0 0 3 0 3.00
CONSOL Coal Resources 0 1 5 0 2.83

Ramaco Resources presently has a consensus target price of $11.33, indicating a potential upside of 79.04%. CONSOL Coal Resources has a consensus target price of $20.40, indicating a potential upside of 38.31%. Given Ramaco Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ramaco Resources is more favorable than CONSOL Coal Resources.

Volatility and Risk

Ramaco Resources has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CONSOL Coal Resources has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ramaco Resources and CONSOL Coal Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ramaco Resources -25.26% -12.97% -10.45%
CONSOL Coal Resources 10.56% 21.19% 7.28%

Summary

CONSOL Coal Resources beats Ramaco Resources on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ramaco Resources

Ramaco Resources, Inc. produces and sells metallurgical coal in the United States. The company's development portfolio includes the Elk Creek project consisting of approximately 18,728 acres of controlled mineral and 24 seams located in southern West Virginia; and the Berwind coal property comprising approximately 31,200 acres of controlled mineral and an area of Squire Jim seam coal deposits, which is situated on the border of West Virginia and Virginia. Its development portfolio also comprises Knox Creek property consisting of approximately 61,343 acres of controlled mineral that is located in Virginia; and RAM Mine property comprising approximately 1,567 acres of controlled mineral, which is situated in southwestern Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.

About CONSOL Coal Resources

CONSOL Coal Resources LP produces and sells high-Btu thermal coal in the Northern Appalachian Basin and the eastern United States. It owns a 25% undivided interest in the Pennsylvania mining complex, which consists of three underground mines and related infrastructure that produce high-Btu bituminous thermal coal located primarily in southwestern Pennsylvania. The company markets its thermal coal principally to electric utilities in the eastern United States. CONSOL Coal Resources GP LLC operates as a general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as CNX Coal Resources LP and changed its name to CONSOL Coal Resources LP in November 2017. CONSOL Coal Resources LP was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. CONSOL Coal Resources LP is a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy Inc.

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