CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) and CNX Coal Resources (NYSE:CNXC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.


CNX Coal Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.3%. CONSOL Energy does not pay a dividend. CNX Coal Resources pays out 134.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CONSOL Energy and CNX Coal Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CONSOL Energy $2.37 billion 1.41 $678.95 million ($0.66) -22.05
CNX Coal Resources $316.77 million 1.14 $95.25 million $1.52 10.16

CONSOL Energy has higher revenue and earnings than CNX Coal Resources. CONSOL Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CNX Coal Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CONSOL Energy -5.42% 1.09% 0.48%
CNX Coal Resources 11.26% 22.89% 7.21%

Risk & Volatility

CONSOL Energy has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CNX Coal Resources has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for CONSOL Energy and CNX Coal Resources, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CONSOL Energy 0 4 4 0 2.50
CNX Coal Resources 0 1 5 0 2.83

CONSOL Energy currently has a consensus price target of $22.29, suggesting a potential upside of 53.17%. CNX Coal Resources has a consensus price target of $21.60, suggesting a potential upside of 39.81%. Given CONSOL Energy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe CONSOL Energy is more favorable than CNX Coal Resources.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.9% of CONSOL Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.9% of CNX Coal Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of CONSOL Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

CONSOL Energy Company Profile

CONSOL Energy Inc. (CONSOL Energy) is an integrated energy company. The Company’s divisions include Exploration and Production (E&P), Pennsylvania (PA) Mining Operations and Other. The E&P division operates through four segments: Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, Coalbed Methane (CBM) and Other Gas, which produce pipeline quality natural gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers. Its E&P division focuses on Appalachian area natural gas and liquids activities, including production, gathering, processing and acquisition of natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Other Gas segment is primarily related to shallow oil and gas production and the Chattanooga Shale in Tennessee. The principal activities of the PA Mining Operations division are mining, preparation and marketing of thermal coal, sold primarily to power generators. The Other division includes business activities, such as coal terminal operations and water operations.

CNX Coal Resources Company Profile

CNX Coal Resources LP is a producer of high-British thermal units (Btu) thermal coal in the Northern Appalachian Basin and the eastern United States. 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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