Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) vs. Its Peers Critical Survey

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD) is one of 28 public companies in the “Coal” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Cloud Peak Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Cloud Peak Energy and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cloud Peak Energy 0 7 1 0 2.13
Cloud Peak Energy Competitors 157 607 1004 18 2.49

Cloud Peak Energy currently has a consensus price target of $5.17, indicating a potential upside of 23.31%. As a group, “Coal” companies have a potential upside of 29.33%. Given Cloud Peak Energy’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cloud Peak Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Cloud Peak Energy has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cloud Peak Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.86, suggesting that their average share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cloud Peak Energy and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Cloud Peak Energy $800.44 million $21.84 million 419.00
Cloud Peak Energy Competitors $934.53 million -$31.41 million 328.33

Cloud Peak Energy’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Cloud Peak Energy. Cloud Peak Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cloud Peak Energy N/A 0.39% 0.23%
Cloud Peak Energy Competitors 4.78% 11.23% 4.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.4% of Cloud Peak Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.5% of shares of all “Coal” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Cloud Peak Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.2% 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 will outperform the market over the long term.


Cloud Peak Energy competitors beat Cloud Peak Energy on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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