Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ: GPOR) and Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.
Volatility & Risk
Gulfport Energy has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Concho Resources has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Gulfport Energy and Concho Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Gulfport Energy currently has a consensus price target of $19.20, indicating a potential upside of 93.18%. Concho Resources has a consensus price target of $167.83, indicating a potential upside of 9.83%. Given Gulfport Energy’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gulfport Energy is more favorable than Concho Resources.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
89.0% of Gulfport Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of Concho Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Gulfport Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Concho Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Gulfport Energy and Concho Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Gulfport Energy||$1.32 billion||1.38||$435.15 million||$2.44||4.07|
|Concho Resources||$2.59 billion||8.81||$956.00 million||$6.41||23.84|
Concho Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Gulfport Energy. Gulfport Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Concho Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Gulfport Energy and Concho Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Concho Resources beats Gulfport Energy on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Gulfport Energy
Gulfport Energy Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the exploitation and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil in the United States. The Company’s properties are located in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the West Cote Blanche Bay (WCBB) and Hackberry fields. The Company also has an interest in producing properties in Northwestern Colorado in the Niobrara Formation and in Western North Dakota in the Bakken Formation. The Company also holds an acreage position in the Alberta oil sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and an interest in an entity that operates in the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand. The Company also owns interests in various fields, which includes Deer Island, Fay South, Crest, Squaw Cheek, Green River Basin and Watonga Chickasha Trend.
About Concho Resources
Concho Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s four operating areas include the Northern Delaware Basin, the Southern Delaware Basin, the Midland Basin and the New Mexico Shelf. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s operations were focused in the Permian Basin, which underlies an area of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas approximately 250 miles wide and 300 miles long. The Permian Basin is an oil and natural gas producing region in the United States and is characterized by multiple producing horizons and enhanced recovery potential. As of December 31, 2016, the Company produced approximately 55.1 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) of oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2016, all of its 720 MMBoe total estimated proved reserves were located in its core operating areas and consisted of approximately 59.5% oil and 40.5% natural gas.
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