Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

China Shenhua Muddling Through Better Than Most

Six months ago I was pretty down on Yanzhou Coal (NYSE:YZC), as I didn't like the company's asset mix or cost structure relative to other Chinese coal companies like China Shenhua Energy (OTCPK:CSUAY) or Indonesia's PT Bukit Asam (OTCPK:TBNGY). Since mid-December, Yanzhou's ADRs have fallen more than 13%, while Shenhua's shares have fallen about 7% and Bukit Asam's have risen about 5%. In that time, coal markets really haven't improved much as supply continues to stay well ahead of demand and producers are loath to close capacity.

Not all coal companies are the same, though, and this could be a reasonable time to consider China Shenhua. The company has large thermal coal reserves, but...

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