Analyzing Cenovus Energy (CVE) & Bellatrix Exploration (BXE)

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Cenovus Energy (NYSE:CVE) and Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Cenovus Energy has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.0% of Cenovus Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cenovus Energy and Bellatrix Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cenovus Energy -8.68% -11.69% -5.60%
Bellatrix Exploration -30.29% -8.74% -5.01%

Dividends

Cenovus Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Bellatrix Exploration does not pay a dividend. Cenovus Energy pays out -8.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cenovus Energy and Bellatrix Exploration, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cenovus Energy 0 8 7 0 2.47
Bellatrix Exploration 1 1 0 0 1.50

Cenovus Energy presently has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 59.64%. Bellatrix Exploration has a consensus price target of $0.25, indicating a potential downside of 95.74%. Given Cenovus Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Cenovus Energy is more favorable than Bellatrix Exploration.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cenovus Energy and Bellatrix Exploration’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cenovus Energy $16.08 billion 0.67 -$2.06 billion ($1.74) -5.04
Bellatrix Exploration $192.30 million 2.47 -$70.47 million ($1.37) -4.28

Bellatrix Exploration has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cenovus Energy. Cenovus Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bellatrix Exploration, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Cenovus Energy beats Bellatrix Exploration on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cenovus Energy Company Profile

Cenovus Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, produces, and markets crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in Canada and the United States. The company's Oil Sands segment develops and produces bitumen in northeast Alberta. This segment's bitumen assets include Foster Creek, Christina Lake, and Narrows Lake, as well as other projects in the early stages of development, such as Telephone Lake. This segment also holds the Athabasca natural gas assets. Its Deep Basin segment holds assets primarily located in Elmworth-Wapiti, Kaybob-Edson, and Clearwater operating areas of British Columbia and Alberta, and include interests in natural gas processing facilities. The company's Refining and Marketing segment transports, sells, and refines crude oil into petroleum and chemical products. This segment owns a 50% interest ownership in two refineries in the United States; owns and operates a crude-by-rail terminal in Alberta; and markets third-party purchases and sales of product. Cenovus Energy Inc. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Bellatrix Exploration Company Profile

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan in Canada. It primarily focuses on developing its two core resource plays, the Cardium and the Spirit River in Western Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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