CNX Resources (NYSE:CNX) and Painted Pony Energy (OTCMKTS:PDPYF) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for CNX Resources and Painted Pony Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNX Resources 2 2 2 0 2.00
Painted Pony Energy 0 2 0 0 2.00

CNX Resources currently has a consensus price target of $14.75, indicating a potential upside of 106.58%. Given CNX Resources’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CNX Resources is more favorable than Painted Pony Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.9% of CNX Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of CNX Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CNX Resources and Painted Pony Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CNX Resources $1.73 billion 0.81 $796.53 million $1.53 4.67
Painted Pony Energy $312.07 million 0.35 $5.45 million N/A N/A

CNX Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Painted Pony Energy.

Risk and Volatility

CNX Resources has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Painted Pony Energy has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares CNX Resources and Painted Pony Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNX Resources 12.00% 5.66% 3.37%
Painted Pony Energy 3.02% 3.31% 1.71%


CNX Resources beats Painted Pony Energy on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CNX Resources Company Profile

CNX Resources Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas primarily in the Appalachian Basin. The company operates through two divisions, Exploration and Production (E&P), and Midstream. The E&P division produces pipeline quality natural gas primarily to gas wholesalers. This division owns rights to extract natural gas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio from approximately 539,000 net Marcellus Shale acres; and 627,000 net acres of Utica Shale, as well as rights to extract natural gas from other shale and shallow oil and gas positions from approximately 968,000 in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. It also owns rights to extract coalbed methane (CBM) in Virginia from approximately 308,000 net CBM acres, as well as 210,000 net CBM acres in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and New Mexico. The Midstream division owns, operates, and develops natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company also offers gas gathering and water delivery solutions to third-parties. The company was formerly known as CONSOL Energy Inc. and changed its name to CNX Resources Corporation in November 2017. CNX Resources Corporation was founded in 1860 and is headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Painted Pony Energy Company Profile

Painted Pony Energy Ltd. engages in the exploration, development, and production of petroleum and natural gas resources in Western Canada. It focuses primarily on the development and production of natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Montney formation in northeast British Columbia. The company was formerly known as Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. and changed its name to Painted Pony Energy Ltd. in May 2017. Painted Pony Energy Ltd. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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