Critical Review: Pedevco Corp (PED) versus Antero Resources Corporation (AR)

Pedevco Corp (NYSE: PED) and Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE:AR) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Pedevco Corp and Antero Resources Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pedevco Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Antero Resources Corporation 0 7 14 1 2.73

Antero Resources Corporation has a consensus target price of $29.06, indicating a potential upside of 44.64%. Given Antero Resources Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Antero Resources Corporation is more favorable than Pedevco Corp.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pedevco Corp and Antero Resources Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pedevco Corp $3.73 million 0.60 -$720,000.00 N/A N/A
Antero Resources Corporation $2.75 billion 2.30 $1.36 billion $0.05 401.80

Antero Resources Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Pedevco Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Pedevco Corp and Antero Resources Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pedevco Corp -531.28% N/A -30.00%
Antero Resources Corporation 0.48% 1.44% 0.78%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.6% of Antero Resources Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of Antero Resources Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Antero Resources Corporation beats Pedevco Corp on 11 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pedevco Corp

PEDEVCO Corp. is an energy company, which is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas shale plays in the Denver-Julesberg Basin (D-J Basin) in Colorado. The D-J Basin contains hydrocarbon bearing deposits in several formations, including the Niobrara, Codell, Greenhorn, Shannon, J-Sand and D-Sand. The Company’s operating properties are located in the Wattenberg, Wattenberg Extension and Niobrara formation in the D-J Basin. It holds over 16,160 net D-J Basin acres located in Weld and Morgan Counties, Colorado through its subsidiary, Red Hawk Petroleum, LLC, which acreage is located in the Wattenberg and Wattenberg Extension areas of the D-J Basin that it refers to as D-J Basin Asset. It holds interest in Caspian Energy, Inc., which holds a working interest in production and exploration licenses for an oil and gas producing asset, which covers an area of approximately 380,000 acres and is located in the Pre-Caspian Basin in Kazakhstan.

About Antero Resources Corporation

Antero Resources Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and oil properties located in the Appalachian Basin. The Company’s segments include the exploration, development and production of natural gas, NGLs and oil; gathering and processing; water handling and treatment, and marketing of excess firm transportation capacity. The Company’s subsidiary, Antero Midstream Partners LP (Antero Midstream) is a master limited partnership, which owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure primarily to service its production and completion activity. Its exploration and development activities are supported by the natural gas gathering and compression assets of its subsidiary, Antero Midstream, as well as by third party gathering and compression arrangements. It also has access to additional low-pressure and high-pressure pipelines.

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