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

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hallador Energy and CONSOL Coal Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

Hallador Energy currently has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 65.88%. CONSOL Coal Resources has a consensus target price of $20.20, indicating a potential upside of 26.65%. Given Hallador Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hallador Energy is more favorable than CONSOL Coal Resources.

Volatility & Risk

Hallador Energy has a beta of -0.45, meaning that its share price is 145% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CONSOL Coal Resources has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hallador Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. CONSOL Coal Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.9%. Hallador Energy pays out 64.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

55.8% of Hallador Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.6% of CONSOL Coal Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 46.2% of Hallador Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hallador Energy $281.45 million 0.67 $12.51 million $0.25 25.32
CONSOL Coal Resources $281.12 million 1.55 $25.85 million $1.38 11.56

CONSOL Coal Resources has lower revenue, but higher earnings 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.

Summary

CONSOL Coal Resources beats Hallador Energy on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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