Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: REXX) and Approach Resources (NASDAQ:AREX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.
This table compares Rex Energy Corporation and Approach Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
14.7% of Rex Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.3% of Approach Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.9% of Rex Energy Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Approach Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk and Volatility
Rex Energy Corporation has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Approach Resources has a beta of 2.76, suggesting that its share price is 176% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Rex Energy Corporation and Approach Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Rex Energy Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.68, indicating a potential upside of 255.19%. Approach Resources has a consensus target price of $2.80, indicating a potential upside of 21.21%. Given Rex Energy Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Rex Energy Corporation is more favorable than Approach Resources.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Rex Energy Corporation and Approach Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Rex Energy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Approach Resources. Approach Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Rex Energy Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Approach Resources beats Rex Energy Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Rex Energy Corporation Company Profile
Rex Energy Corporation is an independent oil, natural gas liquid (NGL) and natural gas company. The Company has operations in the Appalachian Basin and Illinois Basin. In the Appalachian Basin, the Company is focused on its Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale and Upper Devonian (Burkett) Shale drilling and exploration activities. In the Illinois Basin, the Company is focused on its developmental oil drilling on its properties. The Company owns an interest in approximately 1,820 oil and natural gas wells. The Company produces an average of over 195.8 net millions of cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day, composed of approximately 62.4% natural gas, over 9.5% oil and approximately 28.1% NGLs. In the Illinois Basin, the Company produces an average of approximately 1,998 barrels of oil per day (bopd). Including both developed and undeveloped acreage, the Company controls approximately 99,200 gross (over 79,700 net) acres in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
Approach Resources Company Profile
Approach Resources Inc. is an independent energy company. The Company is focused on the exploration, development, production and acquisition of unconventional oil and gas reserves in the Midland Basin of the greater Permian Basin in West Texas. The Company’s business segment is the exploration and production of oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. The Company’s assets cover an area of approximately 126,000 net acres. Its proved reserves are approximately 166.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The Company’s proved reserves are primarily located in Crockett and Schleicher Counties, Texas. The Company’s Permian Basin acreage is known as the Project Pangea. The Company owns and operates approximately 800 producing oil and gas wells in the Permian Basin. The Company, through a joint venture with EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., holds interests in the approximately 3,000 gross acre project in Limestone and Robertson Counties, Texas, in the East Texas Cotton Valley trend.
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