Reviewing Westmoreland Resource Partners (WMLPQ) and Contura Energy (CNTE)

Westmoreland Resource Partners (OTCMKTS:WMLPQ) and Contura Energy (OTCMKTS:CNTE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Westmoreland Resource Partners has a beta of 1.95, indicating that its stock price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Contura Energy has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.3% of Contura Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Westmoreland Resource Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Westmoreland Resource Partners and Contura Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westmoreland Resource Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Contura Energy 0 0 2 0 3.00

Contura Energy has a consensus target price of $89.00, indicating a potential upside of ∞. Given Contura Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Contura Energy is more favorable than Westmoreland Resource Partners.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westmoreland Resource Partners -51.35% N/A -53.65%
Contura Energy 9.63% 324.63% 10.30%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Westmoreland Resource Partners $271.04 million 0.00 -$139.18 million N/A N/A
Contura Energy $1.65 billion 0.00 $154.52 million $9.58 N/A

Contura Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Westmoreland Resource Partners.


Contura Energy beats Westmoreland Resource Partners on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Westmoreland Resource Partners Company Profile

Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets thermal coal in the United States. The company also produces surface mined coal. It operates 1 surface mine in Wyoming; and 4 active mining complexes in Ohio comprising 13 surface mines. The company markets its coal to electric utilities with coal-fired power plants under coal sales contracts; and electric cooperatives, municipalities, and industrial customers in Wyoming, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. Westmoreland Resources GP, LLC operates as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as Oxford Resource Partners, LP and changed its name to Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP in January 2015. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Englewood, Colorado. Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP is a subsidiary of Westmoreland Coal Company.

Contura Energy Company Profile

Contura Energy, Inc. extracts, processes, and markets steam and metallurgical coal to electric utilities, steel and coke producers, and industrial customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Central Appalachia Operations, Northern Appalachia Operations, and Trading and Logistics. It operates underground and surface coal mining complexes in Northern and Central Appalachia. The company also provides coal trading and coal terminal facility services. Contura Energy, Inc. was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee.

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