Critical Review: Cimarex Energy (XEC) vs. Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock (EPE)

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Cimarex Energy (NYSE: XEC) and Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock (NYSE:EPE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Cimarex Energy and Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cimarex Energy 27.75% 21.47% 11.05%
Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock -18.51% -15.78% -1.38%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cimarex Energy and Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cimarex Energy $1.92 billion 4.47 $494.32 million $4.65 19.35
Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock $1.07 billion 0.40 -$194.00 million ($0.39) -4.33

Cimarex Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock. Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cimarex Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.5% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.3% of Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock 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.

Dividends

Cimarex Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock does not pay a dividend. Cimarex Energy pays out 13.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Cimarex Energy and Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cimarex Energy 0 6 19 0 2.76
Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock 4 7 1 0 1.75

Cimarex Energy presently has a consensus target price of $133.81, suggesting a potential upside of 48.69%. Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock has a consensus target price of $2.65, suggesting a potential upside of 56.80%. Given Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock is more favorable than Cimarex Energy.

Volatility and Risk

Cimarex Energy has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock has a beta of 3.78, indicating that its stock price is 278% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cimarex Energy beats Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cimarex Energy Company Profile

Cimarex Energy Co. operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company primarily in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. As of December 31, 2017, it had a total proved oil and gas reserves of 3.35 trillion cubic feet equivalent (Tcfe) consisting of 1.61 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 0.82 Tcfe of oil, and 0.92 Tcfe of natural gas liquids primarily located in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin regions. The company also owned interests in 3,083 net productive oil and gas wells. Cimarex Energy Co. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. common stock Company Profile

EP Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, engages in the exploration for and the acquisition, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company has interests in three primary areas, such as the Permian basin in West Texas; the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas; and the Altamont Field in the Uinta basin in Northeastern Utah. As of December 31, 2017, it had proved reserves of 392.1 million barrels of oil equivalent and had average net daily production of 82,257 barrel of oil equivalent/per day. The company primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to third parties. EP Energy Corporation was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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