Peabody Energy (BTU) and Its Rivals Head-To-Head Analysis

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) is one of 47 public companies in the “COAL” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Peabody Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Peabody Energy and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peabody Energy 0 2 7 0 2.78
Peabody Energy Competitors 253 798 1114 37 2.42

Peabody Energy currently has a consensus price target of $42.22, suggesting a potential upside of 10.36%. As a group, “COAL” companies have a potential upside of 29.01%. Given Peabody Energy’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Peabody Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Peabody Energy and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Peabody Energy $5.58 billion $461.60 million 3.75
Peabody Energy Competitors $2.75 billion $259.71 million 58.46

Peabody Energy has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Peabody 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.


Peabody Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Peabody Energy pays out 4.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “COAL” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.4% and pay out 45.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.3% of Peabody Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.1% of shares of all “COAL” companies are held by institutional investors. 19.3% of shares of all “COAL” companies are held 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peabody Energy 14.41% 32.83% 7.50%
Peabody Energy Competitors -134.30% 12.56% 2.78%


Peabody Energy beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Peabody Energy Company Profile

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.

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