Head to Head Contrast: Penn Virginia (PVAHQ) versus SilverBow Resources (SBOW)

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.9% of SilverBow Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Penn Virginia and SilverBow Resources’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia N/A N/A N/A ($20.07) N/A
SilverBow Resources $144.31 million 2.24 $695.32 million N/A N/A

SilverBow Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Penn Virginia.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Penn Virginia and SilverBow Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Penn Virginia currently has a consensus target price of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. SilverBow Resources has a consensus target price of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 13.26%. Given Penn Virginia’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than SilverBow Resources.


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

Penn Virginia Company Profile

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.

SilverBow Resources Company Profile

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.

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