Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ: AHGP) and PVR Partners (NYSE:PVR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. and PVR Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. $1.93 billion 0.86 $185.93 million $3.30 8.43
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A ($0.81) N/A

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than PVR Partners. PVR Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alliance Holdings GP, L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. PVR Partners does not pay a dividend. Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. pays out 88.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. and PVR Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A
PVR Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.5% of Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. and PVR Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. 10.76% 17.87% 9.25%
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. beats PVR Partners on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. Company Profile

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (AHGP) is a limited partnership company. The Company owns directly and indirectly the members’ interest in Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC (MGP), the managing general partner of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP). The Company’s segments include Illinois Basin, Appalachia, and Other and Corporate. The Illinois Basin segment consists of mining complexes, including Webster County Coal’s Dotiki mining complex; Gibson County Coal’s mining complex, which includes the Gibson North mine and Gibson South mine; Warrior’s mining complex; River View’s mining complex and the Hamilton mining complex. The Appalachia segment consists of various operating segments, including the Mettiki mining complex, the Tunnel Ridge mining complex and the MC Mining mining complex. The Mettiki mining complex includes Mettiki Coal (WV)’s Mountain View mine and Mettiki Coal’s preparation plant. Other and Corporate segment includes marketing and administrative activities.

PVR Partners Company Profile

PVR Partners, L.P. (PVR) is engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas and the management of coal and natural resource properties in the United States. The Company operates in three business segments: Eastern Midstream, Midcontinent Midstream and Coal and Natural Resource Management. In March 2014, Regency Energy Partners LP announced that it has acquired acquires all of PVR Partners, L.P’s outstanding units.

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