Berry Petroleum (NYSE:BRY) and EP Energy (EPE) Financial Survey

Berry Petroleum (NYSE: BRY) and EP Energy (NYSE:EPE) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.9% of EP Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of EP Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Berry Petroleum and EP Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A $2.87 N/A
EP Energy $767.00 million 0.82 -$27.00 million ($1.07) -2.31

Berry Petroleum has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EP Energy. EP Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Berry Petroleum, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Berry Petroleum and EP Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A
EP Energy -25.44% -8.50% -0.97%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Berry Petroleum and EP Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berry Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
EP Energy 7 5 1 0 1.54

EP Energy has a consensus target price of $3.60, indicating a potential upside of 45.75%.

Berry Petroleum Company Profile

Berry Petroleum Company, LLC., formerly Berry Petroleum Company, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the production, development, exploitation, and acquisition of oil and natural gas. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in California (South Midway-Sunset (SMWSS)-Steam Floods, North Midway-Sunset (NMWSS)-Diatomite, NMWSS-New Steam Floods, Texas (Permian and E. Texas), Utah (Uinta) and Colorado (Piceance). The Company’s operations are conducted in the continental United States. In December 2013, Linn Energy LLC and Linn Co, LLC (Linn Co) announced the completion of the merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company (Berry), where LinnCo had acquired all of Berry’s interest.

EP Energy Company Profile

EP Energy Corporation (EP Energy) is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and development of unconventional onshore oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The Company operates through a base of producing assets. It is involved in the development of its drilling inventory located in three areas: the Eagle Ford Shale (South Texas), the Wolfcamp Shale (Permian Basin in West Texas) and the Altamont Field in the Uinta Basin (Northeastern Utah). As of December 31, 2016, in its operating areas, the Company had identified 5,156 drilling locations (including 639 drilling locations to which it has attributed proved undeveloped reserves). As of December 31, 2016, the Company had proved reserves of 432.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) and an average net daily production of 87,641 barrel of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d).

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