Comparing Yanzhou Coal Mining (YZCAY) and Cloud Peak Energy (CLD)

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD) and Yanzhou Coal Mining (OTCMKTS:YZCAY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.


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Yanzhou Coal Mining pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Cloud Peak Energy does not pay a dividend. Yanzhou Coal Mining pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Cloud Peak Energy and Yanzhou Coal Mining’s 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%
Yanzhou Coal Mining N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Cloud Peak Energy has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yanzhou Coal Mining has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Cloud Peak Energy and Yanzhou Coal Mining, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cloud Peak Energy 1 3 1 0 2.00
Yanzhou Coal Mining 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cloud Peak Energy currently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 63.93%. Given Cloud Peak Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Cloud Peak Energy is more favorable than Yanzhou Coal Mining.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cloud Peak Energy and Yanzhou Coal Mining’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cloud Peak Energy $887.71 million 0.26 -$6.63 million ($0.43) -7.09
Yanzhou Coal Mining $5.01 billion 1.19 $312.09 million $0.51 23.76

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.4% of Cloud Peak Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Yanzhou Coal Mining 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 stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Yanzhou Coal Mining beats Cloud Peak Energy on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cloud Peak Energy

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. produces coal in the Powder River Basin and the United States. The company operates through Owned and Operated Mines, and Logistics and Related Activities. It owns and operates three surface coal mines comprising the Antelope Mine and the Cordero Rojo Mine located in Wyoming; and the Spring Creek Mine located in Montana. These mines produce subbituminous thermal coal with low sulfur content. The company sells its coal primarily to domestic and foreign electric utilities. As of December 31, 2017, it controlled approximately 1.0 billion tons of proven and probable reserves. The company also has two development projects comprising the Youngs Creek project, an undeveloped surface mine project located in Wyoming; and the Big Metal project located in southeast Montana. In addition, it offers logistics and related services, including the purchase of coal from third parties, as well as the contracting and coordination of the transportation and other handling services from third-party operators. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming.

About Yanzhou Coal Mining

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited is a coal producer in China and Australia, which is primarily engaged in the mining, washing, processing and distribution of coal through railway transportation. The Company’s segments include Coal mining, which is engaged in underground and open-cut mining, preparation and sales of coal and potash mineral exploration; Coal railway transportation, which is engaged in the provision of railway transportation services; Methanol, electricity and heat supply, which is engaged in the production and sales of methanol and electricity and related heat supply services, and Equipment manufacturing, which is engaged in the manufacturing of coal mining and equipment. The Company offers a range of coal products and other mixed coal products, including thermal coal, semi-hard coking coal, semi-soft coking coal, pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal and other mixed coal products.

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