Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) and Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.


This table compares Peabody Energy Corporation and Arch Coal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peabody Energy Corporation 4.60% 19.92% 2.74%
Arch Coal N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Peabody Energy Corporation and Arch Coal, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peabody Energy Corporation 0 2 7 0 2.78
Arch Coal 0 1 8 0 2.89

Peabody Energy Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $35.63, suggesting a potential upside of 10.95%. Arch Coal has a consensus price target of $93.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.28%. Given Arch Coal’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Arch Coal is more favorable than Peabody Energy Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Peabody Energy Corporation and Arch Coal’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Peabody Energy Corporation $4.72 billion 0.71 -$729.30 million N/A N/A
Arch Coal $1.97 billion 0.90 $1.28 billion N/A N/A

Arch Coal has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Peabody Energy Corporation.


Arch Coal pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Peabody Energy Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.6% of Arch Coal shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Peabody Energy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Arch Coal shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Arch Coal beats Peabody Energy Corporation on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Peabody Energy Corporation

Peabody Energy Corporation is a coal company. The Company’s segments include Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. Its Powder River Basin Mining operations consist of its mines in Wyoming. Midwestern U.S. Mining operations reflect the Company’s Illinois and Indiana mining operations. Western U.S. Mining operations reflect the aggregation of the New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado mining operations. Australian Metallurgical Mining operations consist of mines in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Australian Thermal Mining operations consist of mines in New South Wales, Australia. Its Trading and Brokerage segment engages in the direct and brokered trading of coal and freight-related contracts through the trading and business offices. Its Corporate and Other includes selling and administrative expenses, and corporate hedging activities.

About Arch Coal

Arch Coal, Inc. is a coal producer. The Company is engaged in the production of thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located throughout the United States, for sale to utility, industrial and steel producers both in the United States and around the world. The Company operates mining complexes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado. The Company’s segments include the Powder River Basin and Appalachia. The Powder River Basin segment includes operations in Wyoming. The Appalachia segment includes operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia. The Company also sells coal from operations in Colorado and Illinois. Powder River Basin consists of Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. The Company’s mines in Appalachia include Coal-Mac, Lone Mountain, Mountain Laurel, Beckley, Vindex, Sentinel and Leer. The Company operates, or contracts out the operation of approximately 10 active mines in the United States.

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