Reviewing Petroquest Energy (PQUEQ) and Range Resources (RRC)

Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUEQ) and Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Petroquest Energy and Range Resources’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Petroquest Energy $108.29 million 0.00 -$6.63 million ($0.55) -0.04
Range Resources $3.28 billion 0.83 -$1.75 billion $1.13 9.64

Petroquest Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Range Resources. Petroquest Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Range Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Petroquest Energy has a beta of 4.22, suggesting that its stock price is 322% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Range Resources has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Range Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Petroquest Energy does not pay a dividend. Range Resources pays out 7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Petroquest Energy and Range Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petroquest Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Range Resources 2 14 8 0 2.25

Range Resources has a consensus price target of $18.68, indicating a potential upside of 71.57%. Given Range Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Range Resources is more favorable than Petroquest Energy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Range Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Petroquest Energy and Range Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petroquest Energy -4.93% N/A -3.76%
Range Resources -53.20% 5.20% 2.48%

Summary

Range Resources beats Petroquest Energy on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Petroquest Energy Company Profile

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas and Louisiana. The company acquires, explores for, develops, and operates oil and gas properties. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 1.8 million barrels of oil; 19.4 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas liquids; and 125.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas. PetroQuest Energy, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. On November 6, 2018, PetroQuest Energy, Inc. along with its affiliates filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Range Resources Company Profile

Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company. It engages in the exploration, development, and acquisition of natural gas and oil properties. It holds interests in developed and undeveloped natural gas and oil leases in the Appalachian and North Louisiana regions of the United States. The company owns 4,554 net producing wells and approximately 945,000 acres under lease in the Appalachian region; 415 net producing wells and approximately 233,000 net acres under lease in the North Louisiana region; and 151 net producing wells and approximately 195,000 net acres under lease in the Nemaha Uplift of Northern Oklahoma. It markets and sells natural gas to utilities, marketing and midstream companies, and industrial users; petrochemical end users, NGL distributors, and natural gas processors; and oil and condensate to crude oil processors, transporters, and refining and marketing companies. The company was formerly known as Lomak Petroleum, Inc. and changed its name to Range Resources Corporation in 1998. Range Resources Corporation founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

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