Reviewing Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) & Petroquest Energy (PQUE)

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Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Pioneer Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Petroquest Energy does not pay a dividend. Pioneer Natural Resources pays out 5.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Pioneer Natural Resources and Petroquest Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Natural Resources 0 4 25 2 2.94
Petroquest Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00

Pioneer Natural Resources currently has a consensus price target of $214.93, suggesting a potential upside of 53.60%.

Profitability

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Petroquest Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Natural Resources 10.40% 9.25% 6.13%
Petroquest Energy -4.93% N/A -3.76%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.1% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Petroquest Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Petroquest Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Petroquest Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Natural Resources $9.42 billion 2.50 $978.00 million $6.31 22.18
Petroquest Energy $108.29 million 0.00 -$6.63 million ($0.55) N/A

Pioneer Natural Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Petroquest Energy. Petroquest Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pioneer Natural Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Pioneer Natural Resources has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroquest Energy has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pioneer Natural Resources beats Petroquest Energy on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company Profile

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company explores for, develops, and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gas. It has operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado, and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. As of December 31, 2017, the company had proved undeveloped reserves and proved developed reserves of approximately 45 million barrels of oil, 22 million barrels of NGLs, and 291 billion cubic feet of gas; and owned interests in 10 gas processing plants and 4 treating facilities. Pioneer Natural Resources Company is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Petroquest Energy Company Profile

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas and Louisiana. The company acquires, explores for, develops, and operates oil and gas properties. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 1.8 million barrels of oil; 19.4 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas liquids; and 125.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas. PetroQuest Energy, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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