Horsehead (ZINCQ) & Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NYSE:ARCH) Financial Comparison

Horsehead (OTCMKTS: ZINCQ) and Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NYSE:ARCH) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Horsehead and Arch Coal, Inc. Class A, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Horsehead 0 0 0 0 N/A
Arch Coal, Inc. Class A 0 1 8 0 2.89

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A has a consensus price target of $93.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.96%. Given Arch Coal, Inc. Class A’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Arch Coal, Inc. Class A is more favorable than Horsehead.


Arch Coal, Inc. Class A pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Horsehead does not pay a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Horsehead and Arch Coal, Inc. Class A’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Horsehead N/A N/A N/A ($13.24) 0.00
Arch Coal, Inc. Class A $1.97 billion 1.08 $1.28 billion N/A N/A

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A has higher revenue and earnings than Horsehead.


This table compares Horsehead and Arch Coal, Inc. Class A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Horsehead -35.52% N/A -37.34%
Arch Coal, Inc. Class A N/A N/A N/A


Arch Coal, Inc. Class A beats Horsehead on 6 of the 6 factors compared between the two stocks.

Horsehead Company Profile

Horsehead Holding Corp. is a producer of zinc and nickel-based products sold primarily to customers throughout the United States and Canada. The Company is also a recycler of electric arc furnace (EAF) dust in the United States and a recycler of hazardous and non-hazardous waste for the specialty steel industry. It operates in three segments, which include Horsehead, Zochem and INMETCO. Horsehead is engaged in producing zinc metal and recycling of EAF dust. Zochem is engaged in producing zinc oxide in North America. INMETCO is engaged in recycling of nickel-bearing waste generated by the stainless and specialty steel producers, and recycling of nickel-cadmium and other types of batteries in North America. The Company’s products are used in a range of applications, including in the galvanizing of sheet and fabricated steel products, as components in rubber tires, alkaline batteries, paint, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and as a remelt alloy in the production of stainless steel.

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A Company Profile

Arch Coal, Inc. is a coal producer. The Company is engaged in the production of thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located throughout the United States, for sale to utility, industrial and steel producers both in the United States and around the world. The Company operates mining complexes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado. The Company’s segments include the Powder River Basin and Appalachia. The Powder River Basin segment includes operations in Wyoming. The Appalachia segment includes operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia. The Company also sells coal from operations in Colorado and Illinois. Powder River Basin consists of Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. The Company’s mines in Appalachia include Coal-Mac, Lone Mountain, Mountain Laurel, Beckley, Vindex, Sentinel and Leer. The Company operates, or contracts out the operation of approximately 10 active mines in the United States.

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