Head to Head Contrast: Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) & PVR Partners (PVR)

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD) and PVR Partners (NYSE:PVR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cloud Peak Energy and PVR Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cloud Peak Energy $887.71 million 0.27 -$6.63 million ($0.13) -24.92
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A ($0.81) N/A

PVR Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cloud Peak Energy. Cloud Peak Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PVR Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Cloud Peak Energy and PVR Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cloud Peak Energy 0 6 1 0 2.14
PVR Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cloud Peak Energy currently has a consensus price target of $4.80, suggesting a potential upside of 48.15%.


This table compares Cloud Peak Energy and PVR Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cloud Peak Energy -0.75% -3.29% -1.92%
PVR Partners N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.7% of Cloud Peak Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Cloud Peak Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Cloud Peak Energy beats PVR Partners on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cloud Peak Energy Company Profile

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. is a producer of coal in the United States of America and the Powder River Basin (PRB). In the PRB, the Company owns and operates three surface coal mines: the Antelope Mine, the Cordero Rojo Mine and the Spring Creek Mine. Its segments include Owned and Operated Mines, and Logistics and Related Activities. Its Owned and Operated Mines segment includes its Antelope Mine, Cordero Rojo Mine, and Spring Creek Mine. The Logistics and Related Activities segment includes the services it provides to its international and certain of its domestic customers where it delivers coal to the customer at a terminal or the customer’s plant or other delivery point, remote from its mine site. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also operated two development projects, both located in the Northern PRB: Youngs Creek Project and Big Metal Project. The Company’s Antelope Mine and Cordero Rojo Mine are located in Wyoming and its Spring Creek Mine is located in Montana.

PVR Partners Company Profile

PVR Partners, L.P. (PVR) is engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas and the management of coal and natural resource properties in the United States. The Company operates in three business segments: Eastern Midstream, Midcontinent Midstream and Coal and Natural Resource Management. In March 2014, Regency Energy Partners LP announced that it has acquired acquires all of PVR Partners, L.P’s outstanding units.

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