Head-To-Head Analysis: Westmoreland Coal (WLB) & The Competition

Westmoreland Coal (NASDAQ: WLB) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Coal” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Westmoreland Coal to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Westmoreland Coal and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westmoreland Coal 0 1 2 0 2.67
Westmoreland Coal Competitors 189 641 1017 18 2.46

Westmoreland Coal currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 238.98%. As a group, “Coal” companies have a potential upside of 30.44%. Given Westmoreland Coal’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Westmoreland Coal is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westmoreland Coal and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Westmoreland Coal $1.48 billion -$27.10 million -0.29
Westmoreland Coal Competitors $934.53 million -$31.41 million 57.77

Westmoreland Coal has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Westmoreland Coal 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.

Volatility and Risk

Westmoreland Coal has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westmoreland Coal’s peers have a beta of 0.92, indicating that their average stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.0% of Westmoreland Coal shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.5% of shares of all “Coal” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Westmoreland Coal 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Westmoreland Coal and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westmoreland Coal -8.06% N/A -7.61%
Westmoreland Coal Competitors -228.19% 7.48% 2.60%


Westmoreland Coal beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Westmoreland Coal

Westmoreland Coal Company is an energy company. The Company operates through six segments: Coal-U.S., Coal-Canada, Coal-(WMLP), Power, Heritage and Corporate. The Coal-U.S. segment includes the operations of coal mines located in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico. The Coal-Canada segment includes the operations of coal mines located in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Coal-WMLP segment includes the operations of Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, a coal master limited partnership. The Power segment includes its Roanoke Valley Power Facility (ROVA) operations located in North Carolina. The Heritage segment includes the benefits it provides to former mining operation employees, as well as other administrative costs associated with providing those benefits and cost containment efforts. It produces and sells thermal coal primarily to investment grade utility customers under cost-protected contracts, as well as to industrial customers and barbeque briquettes manufacturers.

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