CONSOL Coal Resources (NYSE: CCR) and Hallador Energy (NASDAQ:HNRG) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CONSOL Coal Resources and Hallador Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CONSOL Coal Resources 0 2 5 0 2.71
Hallador Energy 0 0 2 0 3.00

CONSOL Coal Resources presently has a consensus target price of $20.20, indicating a potential upside of 38.36%. Hallador Energy has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 77.07%. Given Hallador Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hallador Energy is more favorable than CONSOL Coal Resources.

Dividends

CONSOL Coal Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.0%. Hallador Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. 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. Hallador Energy pays out 61.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.6% of CONSOL Coal Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.8% of Hallador Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 55.7% of Hallador Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CONSOL Coal Resources and Hallador Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CONSOL Coal Resources $281.12 million 1.42 $25.85 million $1.38 10.58
Hallador Energy $281.45 million 0.63 $12.51 million $0.26 22.81

CONSOL Coal Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Hallador Energy. CONSOL Coal Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hallador Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CONSOL Coal Resources 9.94% 21.14% 6.62%
Hallador Energy 2.88% 10.92% 4.64%

Summary

CONSOL Coal Resources beats Hallador Energy on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Hallador Energy

Hallador Energy Company is an oil and gas exploration company focused on developing coal reserves in the Illinois Basin. The Company, through its subsidiary, Sunrise Coal, LLC, is engaged in coal mining in the state of Indiana serving the electric power generation industry. Its projects include Carlisle Mine, Ace in the Hole Mine, Oaktown 1 Mine, Oaktown 2 Mine and Bulldog Mine. It develops over 10 million tons of coal annually and has customers in the mid-west and southeastern United States. It has over 40.6 million tons of the Indiana coal V seam. It also has over 69.3 million controlled tons in both Knox County, Indiana and Lawrence County, Illinois. Its Carlisle underground coal mine is located near the town of Carlisle, Indiana in Sullivan County. The Ace mine is located approximately 40 miles northeast of the Carlisle Mine. Its Bulldog Mine controls over 35.8 million tons of coal reserves.

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