Critical Analysis: FX Energy (FXEN) versus Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL)

FX Energy (NASDAQ: FXEN) and Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares FX Energy and Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FX Energy -46.14% -120.44% -14.27%
Whiting Petroleum Corporation -88.27% -6.77% -3.46%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares FX Energy and Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FX Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Whiting Petroleum Corporation $1.23 billion 1.31 $701.38 million ($3.48) -1.28

Whiting Petroleum Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than FX Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.0% of Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for FX Energy and Whiting Petroleum Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FX Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Whiting Petroleum Corporation 4 11 10 1 2.31

Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a consensus price target of $11.23, indicating a potential upside of 152.86%. Given Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Whiting Petroleum Corporation is more favorable than FX Energy.

Summary

Whiting Petroleum Corporation beats FX Energy on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

FX Energy Company Profile

FX Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with production, development, and exploration activities in Poland. The Company also has oil production and oilfield service activities in the United States. Its two operating segments include exploration and production (E&P) segment in Poland and the United States, and the oilfield services segment in the United States. It holds oil and gas exploration rights in Poland in various separately designated project areas encompassing approximately 1.8 million gross acres. It holds interests in approximately 1.3 million net acres throughout Poland. Its activities in Poland are conducted in various project areas: Fences, Edge and Warsaw South. Its drilling activities are focused primarily on the core Fences area. The Fences concession area encompasses 853,000 gross acres (3,450 square kilometers) in western Poland’s Permian Basin.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

Whiting Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in development, production, acquisition and exploration activities primarily in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. It is engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid (NGLs) and natural gas. Its Northern Rocky Mountains operations included properties in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations and encompassing approximately 736,000 gross developed and undeveloped acres, as of December 31, 2016. Its Central Rocky Mountains operations included properties at its Redtail field in the Denver Julesburg Basin in Weld County, Colorado targeting the Niobrara and Codell/Fort Hays formations and encompassing approximately 157,200 gross developed and undeveloped acres, as of December 31, 2016. Its other operations primarily relate to non-core assets in Colorado, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

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