Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP) and CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Natural Resource Partners and CONSOL Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natural Resource Partners 25.25% 37.73% 4.19%
CONSOL Energy -5.42% 1.09% 0.48%


Natural Resource Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. CONSOL Energy does not pay a dividend. Natural Resource Partners pays out 54.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Natural Resource Partners and CONSOL Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Natural Resource Partners $319.23 million 0.93 $163.28 million $3.32 7.35
CONSOL Energy $2.37 billion 1.39 $678.95 million ($0.66) -21.64

CONSOL Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Natural Resource Partners. CONSOL Energy 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.6% of Natural Resource Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.0% of Natural Resource Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of CONSOL Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Natural Resource Partners and CONSOL Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natural Resource Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00
CONSOL Energy 0 4 4 0 2.50

Natural Resource Partners currently has a consensus target price of $30.50, indicating a potential upside of 25.00%. CONSOL Energy has a consensus target price of $22.14, indicating a potential upside of 55.06%. Given CONSOL Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CONSOL Energy is more favorable than Natural Resource Partners.

Risk & Volatility

Natural Resource Partners has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CONSOL Energy has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.


CONSOL Energy beats Natural Resource Partners on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Natural Resource Partners Company Profile

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.

CONSOL Energy Company Profile

CONSOL Energy Inc. (CONSOL Energy) is an integrated energy company. The Company’s divisions include Exploration and Production (E&P), Pennsylvania (PA) Mining Operations and Other. The E&P division operates through four segments: Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, Coalbed Methane (CBM) and Other Gas, which produce pipeline quality natural gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers. Its E&P division focuses on Appalachian area natural gas and liquids activities, including production, gathering, processing and acquisition of natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Other Gas segment is primarily related to shallow oil and gas production and the Chattanooga Shale in Tennessee. The principal activities of the PA Mining Operations division are mining, preparation and marketing of thermal coal, sold primarily to power generators. The Other division includes business activities, such as coal terminal operations and water operations.

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