Westmoreland Coal (NASDAQ: WLB) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Coal” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Westmoreland Coal to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.0% of Westmoreland Coal shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.5% of shares of all “Coal” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Westmoreland Coal shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Coal” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Westmoreland Coal and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westmoreland Coal -8.06% N/A -7.61%
Westmoreland Coal Competitors -211.82% 7.02% 2.45%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Westmoreland Coal and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Westmoreland Coal $1.48 billion -$27.10 million -0.22
Westmoreland Coal Competitors $934.53 million -$31.41 million 162.10

Westmoreland Coal has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Westmoreland Coal is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Westmoreland Coal has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westmoreland Coal’s rivals have a beta of 0.91, indicating that their average share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Westmoreland Coal and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westmoreland Coal 0 1 2 0 2.67
Westmoreland Coal Competitors 189 641 1018 18 2.46

Westmoreland Coal currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 337.96%. As a group, “Coal” companies have a potential upside of 28.73%. Given Westmoreland Coal’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Westmoreland Coal is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Westmoreland Coal beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Westmoreland Coal Company Profile

Westmoreland Coal Company is an energy company. The Company operates through six segments: Coal-U.S., Coal-Canada, Coal-(WMLP), Power, Heritage and Corporate. The Coal-U.S. segment includes the operations of coal mines located in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico. The Coal-Canada segment includes the operations of coal mines located in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Coal-WMLP segment includes the operations of Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, a coal master limited partnership. The Power segment includes its Roanoke Valley Power Facility (ROVA) operations located in North Carolina. The Heritage segment includes the benefits it provides to former mining operation employees, as well as other administrative costs associated with providing those benefits and cost containment efforts. It produces and sells thermal coal primarily to investment grade utility customers under cost-protected contracts, as well as to industrial customers and barbeque briquettes manufacturers.

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