Analyzing Alpha Appalachia (MEE) and NACCO Industries (NC)

Alpha Appalachia (NYSE: MEE) and NACCO Industries (NYSE:NC) are both coal – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Alpha Appalachia and NACCO Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alpha Appalachia N/A N/A N/A
NACCO Industries 6.75% 18.54% 7.13%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Alpha Appalachia and NACCO Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alpha Appalachia 0 0 0 0 N/A
NACCO Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alpha Appalachia and NACCO Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alpha Appalachia N/A N/A N/A ($2.05) N/A
NACCO Industries $856.44 million 0.33 $29.60 million $6.48 6.30

NACCO Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Alpha Appalachia. Alpha Appalachia is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NACCO Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.3% of NACCO Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.6% of NACCO Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

NACCO Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Alpha Appalachia does not pay a dividend. NACCO Industries pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

NACCO Industries beats Alpha Appalachia on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alpha Appalachia

Massey Energy Company (Massey) is a coal producer in the United States. The Company produces, processes and sells bituminous coal of various steam and metallurgical grades, primarily of a low sulfur content, through its 25 processing and shipping centers (Resource Groups), many of which receive coal from multiple mines. At January 31, 2011, the Company operated 84 mines, including 66 underground mines (one of which employs both room and pillar and longwall mining) and 18 surface mines (with 12 highwall miners in operation) in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. On April 19, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Cumberland Resources Corporation and certain affiliated entities (Cumberland). The Cumberland operations include primarily underground coal mines in Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The Company owns a majority interest in Coalsolv, LLC (Coalsolv).

About NACCO Industries

NACCO Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s principal business includes mining. The Company operates through the NACoal segment. The Company’s subsidiary includes The North American Coal Corporation (NACoal). The Company’s NACoal segment mines coal for use in power generation and provides mining services for other natural resources companies. Coal is surface mined from NACoal’s mines in North Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. NACoal’s operating coal mining subsidiaries include Bisti Fuels Company, LLC (Bisti), Caddo Creek Resources Company, LLC (Caddo Creek), Camino Real Fuels, LLC (Camino Real), The Coteau Properties Company (Coteau), Coyote Creek Mining Company, LLC (Coyote Creek), Demery Resources Company, LLC (Demery), The Falkirk Mining Company (Falkirk), Liberty Fuels Company, LLC (Liberty), Mississippi Lignite Mining Company (MLMC) and The Sabine Mining Company (Sabine).

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