Consol Energy (CEIX) versus Alliance Holdings GP (AHGP) Head-To-Head Survey

Alliance Holdings GP (NASDAQ: AHGP) and Consol Energy (NYSE:CEIX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Alliance Holdings GP and Consol Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alliance Holdings GP 0 1 0 0 2.00
Consol Energy 0 0 3 0 3.00

Alliance Holdings GP presently has a consensus price target of $32.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.57%. Consol Energy has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.49%. Given Consol Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Consol Energy is more favorable than Alliance Holdings GP.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.5% of Alliance Holdings GP shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.7% of Consol Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alliance Holdings GP and Consol Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alliance Holdings GP $1.80 billion 0.88 $185.99 million $3.10 8.56
Consol Energy $1.41 billion 0.58 N/A N/A N/A

Alliance Holdings GP has higher revenue and earnings than Consol Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Alliance Holdings GP and Consol Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alliance Holdings GP 10.36% 16.52% 8.69%
Consol Energy N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Alliance Holdings GP pays an annual dividend of $2.94 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. Consol Energy does not pay a dividend. Alliance Holdings GP pays out 94.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Alliance Holdings GP beats Consol Energy on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alliance Holdings GP 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.

Consol Energy Company Profile

CONSOL Energy Inc., formerly CONSOL Mining Corporation, is engaged in the natural gas exploration and production business. The Company is a producer and exporter of high-Btu bituminous thermal and crossover metallurgical coal. It holds interest in the Pennsylvania Mining Complex (PMC) and related coal assets, terminal operations at the Port of Baltimore. The Company also holds interest in the undeveloped coal reserves located in the Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian and Illinois basins. The Pennsylvania Mining complex, located in Greene and Washington counties. PMC includes Bailey Mine, Enlow Fork Mine, Harvey Mine, Centralized Coal Processing facility and Train Loadout facility.

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