WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) versus Carbon Natural Gas (NYSE:CRBO) Financial Analysis

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WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) and Carbon Natural Gas (OTCMKTS:CRBO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

WPX Energy has a beta of 2.26, indicating that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carbon Natural Gas has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WPX Energy and Carbon Natural Gas’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WPX Energy $2.31 billion 1.63 $151.00 million $0.09 99.22
Carbon Natural Gas $53.05 million 0.72 $8.40 million N/A N/A

WPX Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Carbon Natural Gas.

Profitability

This table compares WPX Energy and Carbon Natural Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WPX Energy 9.50% 2.15% 1.08%
Carbon Natural Gas 10.71% 12.05% 3.24%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.2% of WPX Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.3% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of WPX Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 71.7% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for WPX Energy and Carbon Natural Gas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WPX Energy 0 1 21 0 2.95
Carbon Natural Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A

WPX Energy presently has a consensus target price of $20.02, suggesting a potential upside of 124.22%. Given WPX Energy’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe WPX Energy is more favorable than Carbon Natural Gas.

Summary

WPX Energy beats Carbon Natural Gas on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

WPX Energy Company Profile

WPX Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, engages in the exploitation and development of unconventional properties in the United States. The company operates 657 wells and owns interests in 808 wells covering an area of approximately 130,000 net acres located in Delaware Basin, Texas and New Mexico; and operates 323 wells and owns interests in 87 wells that covers an area of approximately 85,087 net acres situated in the Williston Basin, North Dakota. As of December 31, 2018, it had proved reserves of 479.3 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Carbon Natural Gas Company Profile

Carbon Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids properties in the United States. It focuses on conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including shale, tight sand, and coalbed methane located in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Ventura Basins. As of December 31, 2017, it owned working interests in 2,600 net wells and royalty interests located in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as had leasehold positions in approximately 189,000 net developed acres and approximately 222,400 net undeveloped acres located in the Appalachian basin. The company also owned working interests in 29 net coalbed methane wells in the Illinois Basin; had a leasehold position in approximately 1,900 net developed acres and approximately 58,000 net undeveloped acres. In addition, it owned working interests in 200 net wells; and had leasehold positions in approximately 2,300 net developed acres, as well as approximately 8,000 net undeveloped acres. The company was formerly known as Carbon Natural Gas Company and changed its name to Carbon Energy Corporation in June 2018. Carbon Energy Corporation is based in Denver, Colorado.

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