Penn Virginia (NASDAQ: PVAC) and Isramco (NASDAQ:ISRL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Penn Virginia and Isramco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Penn Virginia has higher revenue and earnings than Isramco.
Risk & Volatility
Penn Virginia has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Isramco has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Penn Virginia and Isramco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Penn Virginia and Isramco, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Penn Virginia currently has a consensus target price of $69.00, suggesting a potential upside of 8.78%. Given Penn Virginia’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than Isramco.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
89.4% of Penn Virginia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of Isramco shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Penn Virginia shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 73.3% of Isramco shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Penn Virginia beats Isramco on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Penn Virginia Company Profile
Penn Virginia Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the onshore exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. It primarily operates wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field in South Texas. The company also has operations in the Granite Wash in Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2017, it had total proved reserves of approximately 73 million barrels of oil equivalent; and 500 gross productive wells, as well as owned approximately 124,000 gross acres of leasehold and royalty interests. Penn Virginia Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Isramco Company Profile
Isramco, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties located onshore in the United States and offshore Israel. It operates in two segments, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; and Production Services. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment owns working interests in oil and gas wells in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado; and operates approximately 422 producing wells located primarily in Texas and New Mexico. It also has overriding royalty interests in the Tamar Field located in offshore Israel. This segment sells its oil and natural gas to independent marketers, oil and natural gas companies, and gas pipeline companies. The Production Services segment operates a fleet of production servicing rigs and trucks that provide a range of production services, including completion of newly-drilled wells; maintenance and workover of existing wells; fluid transportation; and related oilfield services, as well as plugging and abandonment of wells to oil and gas exploration and production companies. As of December 31, 2017, the company had estimated total proved oil, natural gas reserves, and natural gas liquids, which include approximately 38,653 thousand barrels (MBbls) of oil equivalent comprising 1,765 MBbls of oil; 216,451 million cubic feet of natural gas; and 813 MBbls of natural gas liquids, as well as 33 production servicing rigs primarily in Texas and New Mexico. Isramco, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Houston, Texas.
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