PVR Partners (NYSE: PVR) and Foresight Energy (NYSE:FELP) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PVR Partners and Foresight Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A ($0.81) N/A
Foresight Energy $875.83 million 0.39 -$178.78 million ($1.69) -2.60

PVR Partners has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Foresight Energy. Foresight Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PVR Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Foresight Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. PVR Partners does not pay a dividend. Foresight Energy pays out -14.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.7% of Foresight Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares PVR Partners and Foresight Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A
Foresight Energy -19.93% -9.94% -2.43%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for PVR Partners and Foresight Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PVR Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Foresight Energy 0 3 0 0 2.00

Foresight Energy has a consensus price target of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 19.59%.

About PVR Partners

PVR Partners, L.P. (PVR) is engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas and the management of coal and natural resource properties in the United States. The Company operates in three business segments: Eastern Midstream, Midcontinent Midstream and Coal and Natural Resource Management. In March 2014, Regency Energy Partners LP announced that it has acquired acquires all of PVR Partners, L.P’s outstanding units.

About Foresight Energy

Foresight Energy LP is engaged in the mining and marketing of coal from reserves and operations located in the Illinois Basin. As of December 31, 2016, the Company controlled 2.1 billion tons of coal in the state of Illinois. Its reserves consist principally of three contiguous blocks of uniform, thick, high heat content (high Btu) thermal coal, which are used for longwall operations. The Company operates four underground mining complexes in the Illinois Basin, including Williamson, Sugar Camp, Hillsboro and Macoupin. Its mining complexes operate in the Illinois Basin with approximately two located in Southern Illinois and over two located in Central Illinois. Williamson, Sugar Camp and Hillsboro are longwall operations, and Macoupin is a continuous miner operation. The Company markets and sells its coal to electric utility and industrial companies in the eastern half of the United States as well as internationally (primarily into Europe).

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