Financial Comparison: CONSOL Energy (CNX) versus The Competition

CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) is one of 29 public companies in the “Coal” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare CONSOL Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for CONSOL Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CONSOL Energy 0 5 4 0 2.44
CONSOL Energy Competitors 188 640 1017 18 2.46

CONSOL Energy presently has a consensus price target of $20.89, suggesting a potential upside of 24.34%. As a group, “Coal” companies have a potential upside of 30.55%. Given CONSOL Energy’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CONSOL Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CONSOL Energy and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
CONSOL Energy $2.03 billion -$848.10 million -19.09
CONSOL Energy Competitors $1.02 billion -$33.96 million -9.23

CONSOL Energy has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. CONSOL Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.8% of CONSOL Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of shares of all “Coal” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of CONSOL Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of shares of all “Coal” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares CONSOL Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CONSOL Energy -7.49% 1.09% 0.48%
CONSOL Energy Competitors -228.19% 7.48% 2.60%

Risk and Volatility

CONSOL Energy has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CONSOL Energy’s peers have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.


CONSOL Energy peers beat CONSOL Energy on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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