Warrior Met Coal (NYSE: HCC) and Consol Energy (NYSE:CEIX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Warrior Met Coal and Consol Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Warrior Met Coal $1.17 billion 1.07 $455.04 million $7.89 2.96
Consol Energy $1.41 billion 0.63 $67.62 million $4.50 7.06

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.6% of Consol Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Warrior Met Coal shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Consol Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Warrior Met Coal pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Consol Energy does not pay a dividend. Warrior Met Coal pays out 2.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Warrior Met Coal has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Warrior Met Coal and Consol Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Warrior Met Coal 38.92% 61.78% 43.24%
Consol Energy N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Warrior Met Coal and Consol Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Warrior Met Coal 0 6 5 0 2.45
Consol Energy 0 0 3 0 3.00

Warrior Met Coal presently has a consensus target price of $28.55, suggesting a potential upside of 22.15%. Consol Energy has a consensus target price of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.31%. Given Warrior Met Coal’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Warrior Met Coal is more favorable than Consol Energy.

Summary

Warrior Met Coal beats Consol Energy on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Warrior Met Coal

Warrior Met Coal, Inc., formerly Warrior Met Coal, LLC, is a producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the steel industry from underground mines located in Brookwood, Alabama, southwest of Birmingham and near Tuscaloosa. These underground coalmines are 1,400 to 2,100 feet underground. Its operations serve markets in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America via barge and rail access to the Port of Mobile. Currently it has the operational capacity to mine eight million tons of coal per year from more than 300 million tons of recoverable reserves. Its operations also extract methane gas from the Blue Creek coal seam. Its gas division represents commercial programs for coal seam degasification in the country, producing approximately 30 million cubic feet of gas daily from over 1750 gas wells. Its mines operate under permits issued by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC), the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and other state and federal agencies.

About Consol Energy

CONSOL Energy Inc. produces and exports bituminous thermal and crossover metallurgical coal. The company owns and operates its mining operations in the Northern Appalachian Basin. Its flagship operation is the Pennsylvania Mining Complex (PAMC), which comprises three underground mines, including Bailey, Enlow Fork, and Harvey. The company also owns and operates the CONSOL Marine Terminal located in the port of Baltimore. As of December 31, 2017, it controlled 735.5 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves at PAMC. In addition, it controls approximately 1.6 billion tons of greenfield thermal and metallurgical coal reserves located in the coal-producing basins of the eastern United States. CONSOL Energy Inc. was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

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