Head to Head Contrast: EXCO Resources (OTCMKTS:XCOOQ) versus Cimarex Energy (OTCMKTS:XEC)

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares EXCO Resources and Cimarex Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EXCO Resources $394.03 million 0.00 -$182.70 million N/A N/A
Cimarex Energy $2.34 billion 1.78 $791.85 million $7.40 5.55

Cimarex Energy has higher revenue and earnings than EXCO Resources.

Risk & Volatility

EXCO Resources has a beta of 4.98, meaning that its share price is 398% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cimarex Energy has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for EXCO Resources and Cimarex Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EXCO Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cimarex Energy 0 11 12 0 2.52

Cimarex Energy has a consensus price target of $80.11, indicating a potential upside of 95.15%. Given Cimarex Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cimarex Energy is more favorable than EXCO Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.3% of EXCO Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of EXCO Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares EXCO Resources and Cimarex Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EXCO Resources -46.37% -3.11% 3.13%
Cimarex Energy 25.66% 16.59% 8.58%

Dividends

Cimarex Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. EXCO Resources does not pay a dividend. Cimarex Energy pays out 10.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Cimarex Energy beats EXCO Resources on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EXCO Resources

EXCO Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of onshore oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays in the United States. The company holds interests in approximately 96,600 net acres located in the Haynesville and Bossier shales of East Texas and North Louisiana; approximately 48,500 net acres located in the Eagle Ford shale of South Texas; and approximately 234,800 net acres of prospective area located in the Marcellus shale, as well as approximately 69,000 net acres of prospective area located in the Utica shale of the Appalachia region. As of December 31, 2018, it had proved reserves of approximately 660.6 billion cubic feet equivalent of oil and natural gas. The company was founded in 1955 and is based in Dallas, Texas. On January 15, 2018, EXCO Resources, Inc., along with its affiliates, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

About Cimarex Energy

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, 2018, it had a total proved reserves of 591.2 million barrels of oil equivalent, consisting of 1.59 trillion cubic feet of natural gas; 146.5 million barrels (MMBbls) of oil; and 179.4 MMBbls of natural gas liquids primarily located in the Permian Basin and Mid-Continent regions. The company also owned interests in 2,902 net productive oil and gas wells. Cimarex Energy Co. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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