Westmoreland Coal (NASDAQ: WLB) is one of 2 public companies in the “Coal – NEC” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Westmoreland Coal to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Westmoreland Coal and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westmoreland Coal -8.06% N/A -7.61%
Westmoreland Coal Competitors 2.88% 10.92% 4.64%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westmoreland Coal and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Westmoreland Coal $1.48 billion -$27.10 million -0.27
Westmoreland Coal Competitors $879.71 million -$7.30 million 10.83

Westmoreland Coal has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Westmoreland Coal 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Westmoreland Coal and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westmoreland Coal 0 1 2 0 2.67
Westmoreland Coal Competitors 4 13 55 0 2.71

Westmoreland Coal presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 219.15%. As a group, “Coal – NEC” companies have a potential upside of 91.61%. Given Westmoreland Coal’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Westmoreland Coal is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.0% of Westmoreland Coal shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.7% of shares of all “Coal – NEC” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Westmoreland Coal shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.5% of shares of all “Coal – NEC” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Westmoreland Coal has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westmoreland Coal’s competitors have a beta of 0.14, meaning that their average share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Westmoreland Coal competitors beat Westmoreland Coal on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

Westmoreland Coal Company Profile

Westmoreland Coal Company is an energy company. The Company operates through six segments: Coal-U.S., Coal-Canada, Coal-(WMLP), Power, Heritage and Corporate. The Coal-U.S. segment includes the operations of coal mines located in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico. The Coal-Canada segment includes the operations of coal mines located in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Coal-WMLP segment includes the operations of Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, a coal master limited partnership. The Power segment includes its Roanoke Valley Power Facility (ROVA) operations located in North Carolina. The Heritage segment includes the benefits it provides to former mining operation employees, as well as other administrative costs associated with providing those benefits and cost containment efforts. It produces and sells thermal coal primarily to investment grade utility customers under cost-protected contracts, as well as to industrial customers and barbeque briquettes manufacturers.

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