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

Peabody Energy Still Waiting For Better Days

Discussions of relative performance always need to anchored with the question of "relative to what?". Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) has been one of the best-performing U.S. coal companies year-to-date and over the last year (edged out in both cases by Cloud Peak (NYSE:CLD), and handily beaten by quasi-coal company CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX)), but the coal sector has continued to get thumped on weak met coal pricing, long-term concerns about EPA regulations for thermal coal, and rail shipments from the Powder River Basin.

I continue to believe that Peabody Energy is the best-positioned U.S. coal company for the long term. This year may see the company go FCF-negative, but Peabody can generate positive free cash flow at coal...

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