Noble Energy (NBL) versus FEC Resources (FECOF) Critical Survey

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Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) and FEC Resources (OTCMKTS:FECOF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Noble Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. FEC Resources does not pay a dividend. Noble Energy pays out 141.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Noble Energy and FEC Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noble Energy 25.09% 4.82% 2.45%
FEC Resources N/A -9.69% -9.51%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.7% of Noble Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of FEC Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Noble Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Noble Energy and FEC Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noble Energy $4.26 billion 2.50 -$1.12 billion $0.31 71.58
FEC Resources N/A N/A $1.80 million N/A N/A

FEC Resources has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Noble Energy.

Volatility & Risk

Noble Energy has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FEC Resources has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Noble Energy and FEC Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noble Energy 1 7 21 0 2.69
FEC Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Noble Energy presently has a consensus target price of $40.37, suggesting a potential upside of 81.91%. Given Noble Energy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Noble Energy is more favorable than FEC Resources.

Summary

Noble Energy beats FEC Resources on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Noble Energy

Noble Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. It owns, operates, develops, and acquires domestic midstream infrastructure assets in the DJ and Delaware Basins. It principal projects are primarily located in the US unconventional basins and various global offshore conventional basins. As of December 31, 2017, the company had approximately 1,965 million barrels oil equivalent of total proved reserves. Noble Energy, Inc. was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About FEC Resources

FEC Resources Inc. engages in the exploration and development of oil and gas, and other mineral related opportunities in the Philippines. The company, through its interest in, Forum Energy Plc, owns a 70% interest in the Service Contract 72, an offshore license located in the West Philippine Sea west of Palawan Island. It also owns 8.46%, 12.40%, and 19.46% interests in the Service Contract 14 Block A Nido, Block B Matinloc, and Block B1 North Matinloc located in the offshore northwest Palawan; and a 66.67% interest in the Service Contract 40 North Cebu covering a total area of 4,580 square kilometers located in the Central Tañon Strait and Visayan Sea. The company is headquartered in Calgary, Canada. FEC Resources Inc. is a subsidiary of PXP Energy Corporation.

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