Bellatrix Exploration (BXE) & Black Stone Minerals (BSM) Head-To-Head Survey

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE: BSM) and Black Stone Minerals (NYSE:BSM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Black Stone Minerals pays an annual dividend of $1.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Bellatrix Exploration does not pay a dividend. Black Stone Minerals pays out 133.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Black Stone Minerals has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Black Stone Minerals has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Bellatrix Exploration and Black Stone Minerals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 4 2 1 0 1.57
Black Stone Minerals 0 0 5 0 3.00

Bellatrix Exploration currently has a consensus price target of $3.41, indicating a potential upside of 265.72%. Black Stone Minerals has a consensus price target of $19.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.75%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than Black Stone Minerals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.3% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.5% of Black Stone Minerals shares are held by institutional investors. 25.1% of Black Stone Minerals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Black Stone Minerals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -34.37% -8.97% -5.18%
Black Stone Minerals 17.79% 9.32% 4.74%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Black Stone Minerals’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $192.30 million 0.30 -$70.47 million ($1.37) -0.68
Black Stone Minerals $429.66 million 8.68 $157.18 million $1.01 18.26

Black Stone Minerals has higher revenue and earnings than Bellatrix Exploration. Bellatrix Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Black Stone Minerals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Black Stone Minerals beats Bellatrix Exploration on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bellatrix Exploration

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan in Canada. It primarily focuses on developing its two core resource plays, the Cardium and the Spirit River in Western Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Black Stone Minerals

Black Stone Minerals, L.P. owns and manages oil and natural gas mineral interests in the United States. The company owns mineral interests in approximately 16.8 million acres, nonparticipating royalty interests in 1.9 million acres, and overriding royalty interests in 2.1 million acres located in 41 states and in 64 onshore basins in the continental United States. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a total estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of 67,945 barrels of oil equivalent. Black Stone Minerals, L.P. was founded in 1876 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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