Rio Tinto plc (RIO) and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) Comparing side by side

We are comparing Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) on their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation. They both are Industrial Metals & Minerals companies, competing one another.

Valuation & Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rio Tinto plc 40.63B 2.29 9.84B 5.79 7.82
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. 842.58M 0.05 7.08M -0.10 0.00

Table 1 showcases the gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of Rio Tinto plc and Cloud Peak Energy Inc.


Table 2 shows the net margins, return on assets and return on equity of the two firms.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rio Tinto plc 24.22% 23.3% 10.8%
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. -0.84% -0.7% -0.4%

Volatility and Risk

Rio Tinto plc is 1.00% more volatile than S&P 500 due to its 1.01 beta. Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s 99.00% more volatile than S&P 500 volatility due to the company’s 1.99 beta.


Rio Tinto plc’s Current Ratio and Quick Ratio are 1.5 and 1.1 respectively. The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of its competitor Cloud Peak Energy Inc. are 2 and 1.5 respectively. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. therefore has a better chance of paying off short and long-term obligations compared to Rio Tinto plc.


Rio Tinto plc dividend pay is $3.07 per share with 5.49% dividend yield annually. Cloud Peak Energy Inc. does not offer a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

Ratings and Recommendations for Rio Tinto plc and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. can be find in next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rio Tinto plc 0 1 2 2.67
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. 0 1 0 2.00

On the other hand, Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s potential upside is 240.77% and its consensus price target is $2.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

Roughly 7.8% of Rio Tinto plc shares are held by institutional investors while 79.3% of Cloud Peak Energy Inc. are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% are Rio Tinto plc’s share held by insiders. Competitively, 0.86% are Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s share held by insiders.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Rio Tinto plc -3.1% -13.22% -2.43% -23.33% -3.72% -14.4%
Cloud Peak Energy Inc. -14.42% -58.57% -68.7% -81.14% -83.06% -83.89%

For the past year Rio Tinto plc has stronger performance than Cloud Peak Energy Inc.


On 12 of the 13 factors Rio Tinto plc beats Cloud Peak Energy Inc.

Rio Tinto plc, a mining and metals company, finds, mines, processes, and markets mineral resources. The company mines and produces aluminum products, including bauxite, alumina, and aluminum; copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum, as well as nickel; diamonds, titanium dioxide feedstocks, borates, and salt, as well as high purity iron, steel billets, metal powders, zircon, and rutile; uranium; iron ore; and thermal coal, and coking or metallurgical coal. Its products also comprise others, such as sulphuric acid, rhenium, lead carbonate, and selenium. It has operations in Australia, North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. Rio Tinto plc operates as a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group.

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. produces coal in the Powder River Basin in 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, 2016, it controlled approximately 1.1 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.