Pedevco Corp (NYSE: PED) and Earthstone Energy (NASDAQ:ESTE) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Pedevco Corp and Earthstone Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pedevco Corp -568.39% N/A -28.66%
Earthstone Energy 4.75% 1.21% 0.94%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Pedevco Corp and Earthstone Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pedevco Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Earthstone Energy 0 1 3 0 2.75

Earthstone Energy has a consensus price target of $15.25, suggesting a potential upside of 57.38%. Given Earthstone Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Earthstone Energy is more favorable than Pedevco Corp.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pedevco Corp and Earthstone Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pedevco Corp $4.12 million 0.85 -$1.04 million N/A N/A
Earthstone Energy $48.20 million 4.54 $7.61 million N/A N/A

Earthstone Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Pedevco Corp.

Summary

Earthstone Energy beats Pedevco Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pedevco Corp Company Profile

PEDEVCO Corp. is an energy company, which is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas shale plays in the Denver-Julesberg Basin (D-J Basin) in Colorado. The D-J Basin contains hydrocarbon bearing deposits in several formations, including the Niobrara, Codell, Greenhorn, Shannon, J-Sand and D-Sand. The Company’s operating properties are located in the Wattenberg, Wattenberg Extension and Niobrara formation in the D-J Basin. It holds over 16,160 net D-J Basin acres located in Weld and Morgan Counties, Colorado through its subsidiary, Red Hawk Petroleum, LLC, which acreage is located in the Wattenberg and Wattenberg Extension areas of the D-J Basin that it refers to as D-J Basin Asset. It holds interest in Caspian Energy, Inc., which holds a working interest in production and exploration licenses for an oil and gas producing asset, which covers an area of approximately 380,000 acres and is located in the Pre-Caspian Basin in Kazakhstan.

Earthstone Energy Company Profile

Earthstone Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company. The Company is also engaged in corporate mergers and the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties that have production and future development opportunities. Its operations are all in the upstream segment of the oil and natural gas industry and all its properties are onshore in the United States. The Company’s reserve portfolio primarily consists of assets in the Midland Basin of west Texas, the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas and in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres in the Midland Basin, located in Howard, Glasscock, Martin and Midland Counties. As of December 31, 2016, it also has approximately 21,000 net leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas. In the Williston Basin of North Dakota, it had approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres, as of December 31, 2016.

Receive News & Ratings for Pedevco Corp Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Pedevco Corp and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.