Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) vs. Comstock Resources (CRK) Financial Contrast

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE: BXE) and Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.8% of Comstock Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Comstock Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -14.50% -3.84% -2.13%
Comstock Resources -59.68% N/A -12.70%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Bellatrix Exploration and Comstock Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 0 4 2 0 2.33
Comstock Resources 1 3 3 0 2.29

Bellatrix Exploration currently has a consensus target price of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 204.88%. Comstock Resources has a consensus target price of $12.75, indicating a potential upside of 93.47%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than Comstock Resources.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Comstock Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $172.23 million 0.70 $262.56 million ($0.80) -3.07
Comstock Resources $209.17 million 0.48 $157.01 million ($9.86) -0.67

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

Volatility & Risk

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of -0.44, suggesting that its share price is 144% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Bellatrix Exploration beats Comstock Resources on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bellatrix Exploration Company Profile

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is an oil and gas exploration company engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s properties include Ferrier, Willesden Green, Greater Pembina, Strachan and Harmattan. Ferrier is located over 30 kilometers northwest of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The Ferrier and Alder Flats areas produce natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Belly River, Cardium, Notikewin, Falher and Rock Creek zones at depths ranging from 1,800 to 2,700 meters. The Willesden Green area is located approximately 40 kilometers north of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Pembina is located over 20 kilometers west of Drayton Valley, Alberta. Strachan is located approximately 10 kilometers south of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Harmattan is located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Calgary near the town of Sundre, Alberta.

Comstock Resources Company Profile

Comstock Resources, Inc. is an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in the United States. The Company operates in the segment of exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s oil and gas operations are concentrated in Texas and Louisiana. Its operations are focused in two operating areas: East Texas/North Louisiana and South Texas. The Company’s properties in the East Texas/North Louisiana region include approximately 80,660 acres in the Haynesville or Bossier shale formations. The Company’s Eagleville field includes approximately 30,220 acres located in the oil window of the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas. The Company owns interests in over 1,575 producing oil and natural gas wells, and operates over 950 of these wells. The Company owns interests in over 20 wells in the Rosita field, located in Duval County, Texas.

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