Halcon Resources Corporation (NYSE: HK) and Magnum Hunter Resources Corp (NYSE:MHR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Halcon Resources Corporation and Magnum Hunter Resources Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halcon Resources Corporation $474.45 million 1.33 $137.71 million ($111.04) -0.06
Magnum Hunter Resources Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Halcon Resources Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Halcon Resources Corporation and Magnum Hunter Resources Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halcon Resources Corporation 0 4 5 0 2.56
Magnum Hunter Resources Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Halcon Resources Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 49.11%. Given Halcon Resources Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Halcon Resources Corporation is more favorable than Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Halcon Resources Corporation and Magnum Hunter Resources Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halcon Resources Corporation -168.09% 725.38% 6.17%
Magnum Hunter Resources Corp -2,141.83% N/A -174.34%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.7% of Halcon Resources Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Halcon Resources Corporation shares are held 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.

Summary

Halcon Resources Corporation beats Magnum Hunter Resources Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Halcon Resources Corporation Company Profile

Halcon Resources Corporation is an independent energy company focused on the acquisition, production, exploration and development of onshore liquids-rich oil and natural gas assets in the United States. The Company’s estimated total proved oil and natural gas reserves are approximately 146.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), consisting of over 120.7 million barrels of oil (MMBbls), approximately 13.0 MMBbls of natural gas liquids and over 78.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas. The Company’s oil and natural gas assets consist of undeveloped acreage positions in unconventional liquids-rich basins/fields. The Company has reserves in its core resource plays of approximately 143.6 MMBoe, of which over 92% are oil and natural gas liquids, and approximately 55% are proved developed. The Company has working interests in approximately 123,000 net acres prospective in the Bakken/Three Forks formations in North Dakota.

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp Company Profile

Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, Inc., formerly Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, primarily in the states of West Virginia and Ohio. The Company operates through three segments: Upstream, Midstream and Oil Field Services. The Upstream segment is organized and operated to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas within the geographic boundaries of the United States and Canada. The Midstream segment consists primarily of Eureka Hunter Holdings, LLC (Eureka Midstream Holdings), which markets natural gas and operates a network of pipelines and compression stations that gather natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States for transportation to market. The Oilfield Services segment provides drilling services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies.

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