Peabody Energy (OTCMKTS: BTUUQ) and Horsehead Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:ZINC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Peabody Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Peabody Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Peabody Energy and Horsehead Holding Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Peabody Energy N/A N/A N/A ($10.10) N/A
Horsehead Holding Corp. N/A N/A N/A ($13.24) -0.01

Horsehead Holding Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Peabody Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Peabody Energy and Horsehead Holding Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peabody Energy -12.92% -179.69% -6.22%
Horsehead Holding Corp. -35.52% N/A -37.34%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Peabody Energy and Horsehead Holding Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peabody Energy 0 3 1 0 2.25
Horsehead Holding Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Peabody Energy presently has a consensus target price of $32.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Peabody Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Peabody Energy is more favorable than Horsehead Holding Corp..

Summary

Peabody Energy beats Horsehead Holding Corp. on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Peabody Energy

Peabody Energy Corporation is a coal company, which is engaged in the mining of thermal coal for sale primarily to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers. Its mining operations are located in the United States and Australia. Its segments are Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. It also markets and brokers coal from other coal producers, both as principal and agent, and trades coal and freight-related contracts through trading and business offices in Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its other energy-related commercial activities include participating in operations of a mine-mouth coal-fueled generating plant, managing its coal reserve and real estate holdings, evaluating Btu Conversion projects and supporting the development of clean coal technologies.

About Horsehead Holding Corp.

Horsehead Holding Corp. is a producer of zinc and nickel-based products sold primarily to customers throughout the United States and Canada. The Company is also a recycler of electric arc furnace (EAF) dust in the United States and a recycler of hazardous and non-hazardous waste for the specialty steel industry. It operates in three segments, which include Horsehead, Zochem and INMETCO. Horsehead is engaged in producing zinc metal and recycling of EAF dust. Zochem is engaged in producing zinc oxide in North America. INMETCO is engaged in recycling of nickel-bearing waste generated by the stainless and specialty steel producers, and recycling of nickel-cadmium and other types of batteries in North America. The Company’s products are used in a range of applications, including in the galvanizing of sheet and fabricated steel products, as components in rubber tires, alkaline batteries, paint, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and as a remelt alloy in the production of stainless steel.

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