Alpha Appalachia Holdings (NYSE: MEE) and Hallador Energy (NASDAQ:HNRG) are both coal – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.3% of Hallador Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 46.2% of Hallador Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Hallador Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Alpha Appalachia Holdings does not pay a dividend. Hallador Energy pays out 61.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Alpha Appalachia Holdings and Hallador Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alpha Appalachia Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hallador Energy 0 0 2 0 3.00

Hallador Energy has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 91.61%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Alpha Appalachia Holdings and Hallador Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alpha Appalachia Holdings N/A N/A N/A ($2.05) N/A
Hallador Energy $281.45 million 0.58 $12.51 million $0.26 21.08

Hallador Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Alpha Appalachia Holdings. Alpha Appalachia Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hallador Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Alpha Appalachia Holdings and Hallador Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alpha Appalachia Holdings N/A N/A N/A
Hallador Energy 2.88% 10.92% 4.64%

Summary

Hallador Energy beats Alpha Appalachia Holdings on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alpha Appalachia Holdings

Massey Energy Company (Massey) is a coal producer in the United States. The Company produces, processes and sells bituminous coal of various steam and metallurgical grades, primarily of a low sulfur content, through its 25 processing and shipping centers (Resource Groups), many of which receive coal from multiple mines. At January 31, 2011, the Company operated 84 mines, including 66 underground mines (one of which employs both room and pillar and longwall mining) and 18 surface mines (with 12 highwall miners in operation) in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. On April 19, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Cumberland Resources Corporation and certain affiliated entities (Cumberland). The Cumberland operations include primarily underground coal mines in Southwestern Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The Company owns a majority interest in Coalsolv, LLC (Coalsolv).

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.

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