Analyzing CNX Resources (CNX) and CONSOL Coal Resources (CCR)

CNX Resources (NYSE: CNX) and CONSOL Coal Resources (NYSE:CCR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

CNX Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. CONSOL Coal Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.8%. CNX Resources pays out -14.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CONSOL Coal Resources pays out 148.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.3% of CNX Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.6% of CONSOL Coal Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of CNX Resources shares are owned by company insiders. 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CNX Resources and CONSOL Coal Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNX Resources 0 3 8 0 2.73
CONSOL Coal Resources 0 2 5 0 2.71

CNX Resources currently has a consensus price target of $23.40, indicating a potential upside of 58.22%. CONSOL Coal Resources has a consensus price target of $20.20, indicating a potential upside of 26.25%. Given CNX Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe CNX Resources is more favorable than CONSOL Coal Resources.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNX Resources -7.49% 1.09% 0.48%
CONSOL Coal Resources 9.94% 21.14% 6.62%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CNX Resources $2.03 billion 1.64 -$848.10 million ($0.88) -16.81
CONSOL Coal Resources $281.12 million 1.55 $25.85 million $1.38 11.59

CONSOL Coal Resources has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CNX Resources. CNX 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.

Volatility & Risk

CNX Resources has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CONSOL Coal Resources has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CNX Resources beats CONSOL Coal Resources on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CNX Resources

CNX Resources Corp., formerly CONSOL Energy Inc., 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.

About CONSOL Coal Resources

Consol Coal Resources LP, formerly CNX Coal Resources LP, is a producer of high-British thermal units (Btu) thermal coal. It is engaged in the management and development of coal operations of CONSOL Energy Inc. (CONSOL Energy) in Pennsylvania. It holds interest in, and operational control over, CONSOL Energy’s Pennsylvania Mining Complex, which consists of three underground mines and related infrastructure that produce high-Btu bituminous thermal coal that is sold primarily to electric utilities in the eastern United States. The Pennsylvania Mining Complex includes the Bailey Mine, the Enlow Fork Mine and the Harvey Mine. It mines its reserves from the Pittsburgh Number eight Coal Seam, which is a contiguous formation of uniform, Btu thermal coal. Its Bailey Mine is located in Enon, Pennsylvania. Its Enlow Fork Mine is located directly north of the Bailey Mine. Its Harvey Mine is located directly east of the Bailey and Enlow Fork Mines.

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