Head-To-Head Survey: SilverBow Resources (SBOW) & Penn Virginia (PVAHQ)

SilverBow Resources (NYSE: SBOW) and Penn Virginia (OTCMKTS:PVAHQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SilverBow Resources and Penn Virginia, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SilverBow Resources 0 0 4 0 3.00
Penn Virginia 0 1 0 0 2.00

SilverBow Resources currently has a consensus target price of $31.67, suggesting a potential downside of 3.51%. Penn Virginia has a consensus target price of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Penn Virginia’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than SilverBow Resources.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.1% of SilverBow Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SilverBow Resources and Penn Virginia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SilverBow Resources $144.31 million 2.63 $695.32 million N/A N/A
Penn Virginia N/A N/A N/A ($20.07) N/A

SilverBow Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Penn Virginia.


This table compares SilverBow Resources and Penn Virginia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SilverBow Resources 23.27% 30.10% 9.06%
Penn Virginia -171.02% N/A -56.59%


SilverBow Resources beats Penn Virginia on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SilverBow Resources

SilverBow Resources is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. With almost 30 years of history operating in South Texas, the Company possesses a significant understanding of regional reservoirs which they leverage to assemble drilling inventory.

About Penn Virginia

Penn Virginia Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the onshore exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. Its operations consist primarily of drilling unconventional horizontal development wells, and operating its producing wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field or the Eagle Ford, in South Texas. It also has operations in Oklahoma, primarily in the Granite Wash. Its primary oil and gas assets are located in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in South Texas, and Washita and Custer Counties in Western Oklahoma. As of March 10, 2017, the Company had a contiguous position of approximately 54,000 net acres in the core liquids-rich area or volatile oil window of the Eagle Ford in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in Texas. As of December 31, 2016, its total proved reserves were approximately 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE), of which 53% were proved developed reserves and 74% were crude oil.

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