Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) and Advantage Oil & Gas (NYSE:AAV) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Energen Corporation has a beta of 1.95, suggesting that its share price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advantage Oil & Gas has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Energen Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.8% of Advantage Oil & Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Energen Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Energen Corporation and Advantage Oil & Gas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energen Corporation 0 10 16 0 2.62
Advantage Oil & Gas 0 2 2 0 2.50

Energen Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $66.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.93%. Advantage Oil & Gas has a consensus price target of $10.38, suggesting a potential upside of 90.37%. Given Advantage Oil & Gas’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Advantage Oil & Gas is more favorable than Energen Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Energen Corporation and Advantage Oil & Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energen Corporation 7.75% -1.74% -1.19%
Advantage Oil & Gas 28.77% 5.82% 4.79%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Energen Corporation and Advantage Oil & Gas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energen Corporation $686.19 million 7.25 $493.74 million $0.63 81.26
Advantage Oil & Gas $192.10 million 5.27 $173.90 million $0.23 23.70

Energen Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Advantage Oil & Gas. Advantage Oil & Gas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Energen Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Energen Corporation beats Advantage Oil & Gas on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Energen Corporation Company Profile

Energen Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and natural gas. Its operations are conducted through subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation and occur within the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin and the Central Basin Platform areas of the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing its oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production and proved reserves through active development and/or exploratory programs in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas represented approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of its reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its development activities added approximately 327 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) of reserves from the drilling of 623 gross development, exploratory and service wells and 73 well recompletions and pay-adds.

Advantage Oil & Gas Company Profile

Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. is an intermediate natural gas and liquids development and production company. The Company is engaged in the business of natural gas exploitation, development, acquisition and production in the Province of Alberta. The Company focuses on the development of Montney resource play at Glacier, Alberta in Western Canada. The Company has drilled over 10 Montney gas wells. The Glacier property lies along the Alberta side of the border with British Columbia between Grande Prairie, Alberta and Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The primary zones of interest are within the Triassic Montney and Doig formation siltstones. The Glacier property consists of over 90 net sections of land with Doig/Montney interests. It owns and operates a gas plant located at 5-02-76-12W6. It also holds interest in approximately 20 additional sections of Doig/Montney land rights in the Glacier, Valhalla and Wembley area proximal to its existing land holdings.

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