Comparing Puda Coal (PUDA) & Arch Coal (ARCH)

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Puda Coal (OTCMKTS:PUDA) and Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Arch Coal pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Puda Coal does not pay a dividend. Arch Coal pays out 14.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Puda Coal has a beta of -36.27, indicating that its stock price is 3,727% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Arch Coal has a beta of 0.34, indicating that its stock price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Puda Coal and Arch Coal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Puda Coal N/A N/A N/A
Arch Coal 13.03% 49.50% 16.80%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Puda Coal and Arch Coal, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Puda Coal 0 0 0 0 N/A
Arch Coal 0 3 5 0 2.63

Arch Coal has a consensus price target of $103.29, indicating a potential upside of 7.61%. Given Arch Coal’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Arch Coal is more favorable than Puda Coal.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

41.9% of Arch Coal shares are held by institutional investors. 48.3% of Puda Coal shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Arch Coal shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Puda Coal and Arch Coal’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Puda Coal N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Arch Coal $2.32 billion 0.78 $238.45 million $11.36 8.44

Arch Coal has higher revenue and earnings than Puda Coal.

Summary

Arch Coal beats Puda Coal on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Puda Coal

Puda Coal, Inc., through its indirect equity ownership in Shanxi Puda Coal Group Co., Ltd., supplies metallurgical coking coal in the People's Republic of China. Its processed coking coal is used by coke and steel producers for the purpose of making the coke required for the steel manufacturing process. The company primarily markets its products in the Shanxi Province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hebei Province, Beijing, and Tianjin. It also operates as an acquirer and consolidator of two coal mine consolidation projects, including the Pinglu project in Pinglu County; and the Jianhe project in Huozhou County, Shanxi Province. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Taiyuan, the People's Republic of China.

About Arch Coal

Arch Coal, Inc. produces and sells thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 9 active mines located in Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Colorado, and Illinois. It also owned or controlled, primarily through long-term leases, approximately 28,292 acres of coal land in Ohio; 1,060 acres of coal land in Maryland; 10,108 acres of coal land in Virginia; 359,160 acres of coal land in West Virginia; 98,488 acres of coal land in Wyoming; 267,857 acres of coal land in Illinois; 34,446 acres of coal land in Kentucky; 9,840 acres of coal land in Montana; 21,802 acres of coal land in New Mexico; 358 acres of coal land in Pennsylvania; and 20,165 acres of coal land in Colorado, as well as owned or controlled through long-term leases smaller parcels of property in Alabama, Indiana, Washington, Arkansas, California, Utah, and Texas. The company sells its products to utility, industrial, and steel producers in the United States and internationally. Arch Coal, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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