EV Energy Partners (EVEP) & Bill Barrett (BBG) Head-To-Head Survey

Bill Barrett (NYSE: BBG) and EV Energy Partners (NASDAQ:EVEP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Bill Barrett has a beta of 3.6, suggesting that its share price is 260% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EV Energy Partners has a beta of 1.99, suggesting that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.7% of Bill Barrett shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of EV Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Bill Barrett shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of EV Energy Partners shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bill Barrett and EV Energy Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bill Barrett $178.82 million 2.24 -$170.37 million ($1.61) -3.27
EV Energy Partners $184.89 million 0.23 -$242.89 million ($5.17) -0.17

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Bill Barrett and EV Energy Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bill Barrett 0 7 6 0 2.46
EV Energy Partners 1 1 0 0 1.50

Bill Barrett currently has a consensus target price of $6.63, suggesting a potential upside of 25.95%. EV Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.07%. Given Bill Barrett’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Bill Barrett is more favorable than EV Energy Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Bill Barrett and EV Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bill Barrett -49.61% -7.59% -3.05%
EV Energy Partners -118.99% -7.91% -3.64%

Summary

Bill Barrett beats EV Energy Partners on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bill Barrett Company Profile

Bill Barrett Corporation is an independent energy company that develops, acquires and explores for oil and natural gas resources. The Company’s assets and operations are located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. It has over two areas of production: The Denver-Julesburg Basin (DJ Basin) and the Uinta Oil Program in the Uinta Basin. Its acreage positions in the DJ Basin are located in Colorado’s eastern plains and parts of southeastern Wyoming. It had interests in 299 gross producing wells and served as an operator in 202 gross wells, as of December 31, 2016. The Uinta Basin is located in northeastern Utah. Uinta Basin’s estimated proved reserves are 21.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Uinta Basin has interests in approximately 240 gross producing wells. The Company serves as an operator in over 170 gross wells. The Uinta Oil Program includes over three areas of development located in the basin referred as Blacktail Ridge, Lake Canyon and East Bluebell.

EV Energy Partners Company Profile

EV Energy Partners, L.P. is engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and all of its operations are located in the United States. The Company’s oil and natural gas properties are located in the Appalachian Basin, which includes the Utica Shale; the San Juan Basin; Michigan; Central Texas, which includes the Austin Chalk area; the Mid-Continent areas in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana; the Monroe Field in Northern Louisiana, and the Permian Basin. Its activities are concentrated in the Ohio and West Virginia areas of the Appalachian Basin. Its properties are located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico and La Plata County in Colorado. It owns Eagle Ford oil and natural gas properties in Karnes County, including Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk reserves. It holds interest in approximately 9,150 acres in Karnes County. Its properties are located in the Antrim Shale reservoir in Otsego and Montmorency counties in northern Michigan.

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