EPL Oil & Gas (EPL) and Rice Energy (RICE) Critical Review

EPL Oil & Gas (NYSE: EPL) and Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) are both companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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87.2% of Rice Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Rice Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EPL Oil & Gas and Rice Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EPL Oil & Gas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rice Energy $778.91 million 8.58 -$269.75 million N/A N/A

EPL Oil & Gas has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Rice Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for EPL Oil & Gas and Rice Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPL Oil & Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Rice Energy 0 17 3 0 2.15

Rice Energy has a consensus target price of $27.53, indicating a potential downside of 6.10%.

Profitability

This table compares EPL Oil & Gas and Rice Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPL Oil & Gas N/A N/A N/A
Rice Energy 12.25% -13.19% 2.20%

Summary

Rice Energy beats EPL Oil & Gas on 6 of the 7 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EPL Oil & Gas

EPL Oil & Gas, Inc., formerly Energy Partners, Ltd., is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. The Company’s operations are concentrated in the United States, Gulf of Mexico shelf focusing on state and federal waters offshore Louisiana, which it considers its core area. On February 14, 2011, the Company acquired an asset package consisting of certain shallow-water Gulf of Mexico shelf oil and natural gas interests surrounding the Mississippi River delta and a related gathering system (the ASOP Properties) from Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners, LLC (ASOP). In April 2013, it sold certain non-operated assets. In June 2014, Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited completed the acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc.

About Rice Energy

Rice Energy Inc. (Rice Energy) is an independent natural gas and oil company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The Exploration and Production segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and NGLs. The Exploration and Production segment operates in the cores of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The Company controls approximately 231,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Ohio Utica Shale cores. It operates approximately 1,164 drilling locations. The Midstream segment is engaged in the gathering and compression of natural gas, oil and NGL production of, and in the provision of water services to support the well completion activities of, Rice Energy and third parties.

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