FX Energy (NASDAQ: FXEN) and EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.6% of EQT Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of EQT Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares FX Energy and EQT Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FX Energy -46.14% -120.44% -14.27%
EQT Corporation 0.20% 0.91% 0.55%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FX Energy and EQT Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FX Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EQT Corporation $2.46 billion 4.53 $1.53 billion $0.03 2,142.71

EQT Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than FX Energy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for FX Energy and EQT Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FX Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
EQT Corporation 0 4 13 0 2.76

EQT Corporation has a consensus target price of $81.27, indicating a potential upside of 26.47%. Given EQT Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe EQT Corporation is more favorable than FX Energy.

Dividends

EQT Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. FX Energy does not pay a dividend. EQT Corporation pays out 400.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

EQT Corporation beats FX Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

FX Energy Company Profile

FX Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with production, development, and exploration activities in Poland. The Company also has oil production and oilfield service activities in the United States. Its two operating segments include exploration and production (E&P) segment in Poland and the United States, and the oilfield services segment in the United States. It holds oil and gas exploration rights in Poland in various separately designated project areas encompassing approximately 1.8 million gross acres. It holds interests in approximately 1.3 million net acres throughout Poland. Its activities in Poland are conducted in various project areas: Fences, Edge and Warsaw South. Its drilling activities are focused primarily on the core Fences area. The Fences concession area encompasses 853,000 gross acres (3,450 square kilometers) in western Poland’s Permian Basin.

EQT Corporation Company Profile

EQT Corporation is a natural gas company. The Company operates through three segments: EQT Production, EQT Gathering and EQT Transmission. The EQT Production segment includes its exploration for, and development and production of, natural gas, natural gas liquids and a limited amount of crude oil, primarily in the Appalachian Basin. The EQT Production segment also includes the marketing activities of the Company. EQT Production’s properties are located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. The operations of EQT Gathering include the natural gas gathering activities of the Company, consisting solely of assets that are owned and operated by EQT Midstream Partners, LP (EQM). The operations of EQT Transmission include the natural gas transmission and storage activities of the Company, consisting solely of assets that are owned and operated by EQM. EQT Transmission focuses on various transmission projects, including Mountain Valley Pipeline and Transmission Expansion.

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