Earthstone Energy (NYSE: ESTE) and EP Energy (NYSE:EPE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.
Risk and Volatility
Earthstone Energy has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EP Energy has a beta of 4.45, suggesting that its stock price is 345% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Earthstone Energy and EP Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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EP Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Earthstone Energy. Earthstone Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EP Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Earthstone Energy and EP Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Earthstone Energy presently has a consensus target price of $14.70, suggesting a potential upside of 25.53%. EP Energy has a consensus target price of $3.60, suggesting a potential upside of 45.16%. Given EP Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe EP Energy is more favorable than Earthstone Energy.
This table compares Earthstone Energy and EP Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider and Institutional Ownership
13.4% of Earthstone Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of EP Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.5% of Earthstone Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of EP Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
EP Energy beats Earthstone Energy on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Earthstone Energy
Earthstone Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company. The Company is also engaged in corporate mergers and the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties that have production and future development opportunities. Its operations are all in the upstream segment of the oil and natural gas industry and all its properties are onshore in the United States. The Company’s reserve portfolio primarily consists of assets in the Midland Basin of west Texas, the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas and in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres in the Midland Basin, located in Howard, Glasscock, Martin and Midland Counties. As of December 31, 2016, it also has approximately 21,000 net leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas. In the Williston Basin of North Dakota, it had approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres, as of December 31, 2016.
About EP Energy
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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