Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP) and PVR Partners (NYSE:PVR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Natural Resource Partners and PVR Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Natural Resource Partners $400.06 million 0.76 $96.89 million $3.32 7.45
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A ($0.81) N/A

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Natural Resource Partners and PVR Partners, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natural Resource Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00
PVR Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Natural Resource Partners presently has a consensus target price of $30.50, indicating a potential upside of 23.23%.


This table compares Natural Resource Partners and PVR Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natural Resource Partners 25.25% 37.73% 4.19%
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.3% of Natural Resource Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 39.0% of Natural Resource Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Natural Resource Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. PVR Partners does not pay a dividend. Natural Resource Partners pays out 54.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Natural Resource Partners beats PVR Partners on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Natural Resource Partners

Natural Resource Partners L.P. owns, operates, manages and leases a portfolio of mineral properties in the United States, including interests in coal, trona and soda ash, construction aggregates and other natural resources. Coal Royalty and Other segment consists primarily of coal royalty and coal related transportation and processing assets. As of December 31, 2016, Soda Ash segment included the Company’s 49% non-controlling equity interest in Ciner Wyoming, a trona ore mining operation and soda ash refinery in the Green River Basin, Wyoming. VantaCore’s operating businesses include Laurel Aggregates, located in Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania; Winn Materials/McIntosh Construction, located in Clarksville, Tennessee; Grand Rivers, located in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, and Southern Aggregates, located near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

About PVR Partners

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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