Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE: BCEI) and Ultra Petroleum Corp (NYSE:UPL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bonanza Creek Energy and Ultra Petroleum Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bonanza Creek Energy $193.29 million 3.50 $76.38 million ($233.95) -0.14
Ultra Petroleum Corp $763.81 million 2.02 $551.97 million N/A N/A

Ultra Petroleum Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Bonanza Creek Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Bonanza Creek Energy and Ultra Petroleum Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bonanza Creek Energy -53.37% -24.22% -4.05%
Ultra Petroleum Corp -15.95% N/A -9.33%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Bonanza Creek Energy and Ultra Petroleum Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bonanza Creek Energy 0 3 0 0 2.00
Ultra Petroleum Corp 0 0 2 0 3.00

Bonanza Creek Energy presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 24.47%. Ultra Petroleum Corp has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 64.51%. Given Ultra Petroleum Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ultra Petroleum Corp is more favorable than Bonanza Creek Energy.

Summary

Ultra Petroleum Corp beats Bonanza Creek Energy on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bonanza Creek Energy Company Profile

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (Bonanza Creek) is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States. The Company’s oil and liquids-weighted assets are concentrated primarily in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Dorcheat Macedonia Field in southern Arkansas. In addition, the Company owns and operates oil-producing assets in the North Park Basin in Colorado and the McKamie Patton Field in southern Arkansas. The main areas in which the Company operates in the Rocky Mountain region are the Wattenberg Field in Weld County, Colorado and the North Park Basin in Jackson County, Colorado. Its Wattenberg Field operations are in the oil and liquids-weighted extension area of the Wattenberg Field targeting the Niobrara and Codell formations. In southern Arkansas, it targets the oil-rich Cotton Valley sands in the Dorcheat Macedonia and McKamie Patton Fields.

Ultra Petroleum Corp Company Profile

Ultra Petroleum Corp. (Ultra) is an oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the development, production, operation, exploration and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal business activities are developing its natural gas reserves in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming-the Pinedale and Jonah fields, its oil reserves in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah and its natural gas reserves in the north-central Pennsylvania area of the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations in the United States. The Company focuses on sands of the upper Cretaceous Lance Pool in the Pinedale and Jonah fields. The Lance Pool includes sands of the Lance formation at depths between approximately 8,000 and 12,000 feet and the Mesaverde formation at depths between approximately 12,000 and 14,000 feet. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned oil and natural gas leases totaling approximately 105,000 gross (69,000 net) acres in southwest Wyoming’s Green River Basin.

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