CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Coal” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare CONSOL Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares CONSOL Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CONSOL Energy -7.49% 1.09% 0.48%
CONSOL Energy Competitors -226.92% 7.40% 2.50%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.4% of CONSOL Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.5% of shares of all “Coal” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of CONSOL Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.2% of shares of all “Coal” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for CONSOL Energy and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CONSOL Energy 0 5 5 0 2.50
CONSOL Energy Competitors 189 641 1018 18 2.46

CONSOL Energy presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.16%. As a group, “Coal” companies have a potential upside of 29.12%. Given CONSOL Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe CONSOL Energy is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CONSOL Energy and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
CONSOL Energy $2.03 billion -$848.10 million -16.54
CONSOL Energy Competitors $934.53 million -$31.41 million 150.94

CONSOL Energy has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. CONSOL Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

CONSOL Energy has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CONSOL Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.86, suggesting that their average stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CONSOL Energy competitors beat CONSOL Energy on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About CONSOL Energy

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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