NOSTRUM OIL & G (NSTRY) and Southwestern Energy (SWN) Head to Head Contrast

NOSTRUM OIL & G (OTCMKTS: NSTRY) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares NOSTRUM OIL & G and Southwestern Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NOSTRUM OIL & G -6.38% -3.72% -1.20%
Southwestern Energy 30.57% 21.54% 4.80%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.7% of Southwestern Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Southwestern Energy shares are owned 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 & Valuation

This table compares NOSTRUM OIL & G and Southwestern Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NOSTRUM OIL & G $347.98 million 2.45 -$81.97 million ($1.76) -10.30
Southwestern Energy $3.20 billion 0.78 $1.05 billion $0.44 9.68

Southwestern Energy has higher revenue and earnings than NOSTRUM OIL & G. NOSTRUM OIL & G is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Southwestern Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

NOSTRUM OIL & G has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southwestern Energy has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for NOSTRUM OIL & G and Southwestern Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NOSTRUM OIL & G 0 0 0 0 N/A
Southwestern Energy 6 12 5 0 1.96

Southwestern Energy has a consensus price target of $6.93, suggesting a potential upside of 62.63%. Given Southwestern Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Southwestern Energy is more favorable than NOSTRUM OIL & G.

Summary

Southwestern Energy beats NOSTRUM OIL & G on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NOSTRUM OIL & G

Nostrum Oil and Gas PLC, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin. The company discovers and develops oil and gas reserves, as well as produces and sells crude oil, stabilized condensate, liquefied petroleum gas, and dry gas. Its principal producing asset is the Chinarevskoye field located in north-west Kazakhstan. As of March 28, 2017, the company had a proved and probable reserve of 466mmboe. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

About Southwestern Energy

Southwestern Energy Company is an energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Company operates through two segments: Exploration and Production (E&P) and Midstream Services. Its operations in northeast Pennsylvania are primarily focused on the unconventional natural gas reservoir known as the Marcellus Shale. Through its affiliated midstream subsidiaries, it is engaged in natural gas gathering activities in Arkansas and Louisiana. Its operations are principally focused on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Arkansas. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves were 5,253 billions of cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, it gathered approximately 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale area, including 42 Bcf of natural gas from third-party operated wells.

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