Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources (OTCMKTS:MHRCQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Noble Corporation and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noble Corporation $2.30 billion 0.45 -$929.58 million ($7.38) -0.58
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources N/A N/A N/A ($1.02) 0.00

Blue Ridge Mountain Resources has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Noble Corporation. Noble Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Noble Corporation has a beta of 2.35, suggesting that its share price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blue Ridge Mountain Resources has a beta of 2.75, suggesting that its share price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Noble Corporation and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noble Corporation -136.22% -3.94% -2.19%
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources -2,141.83% N/A -174.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Noble Corporation and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noble Corporation 5 17 4 0 1.96
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Noble Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $5.60, suggesting a potential upside of 31.71%. Given Noble Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Noble Corporation is more favorable than Blue Ridge Mountain Resources.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.1% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Noble Corporation beats Blue Ridge Mountain Resources on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Noble Corporation Company Profile

Noble Corporation is an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 79 mobile offshore drilling units and one floating production storage and offloading unit (NYSE:NE) located globally.

Blue Ridge Mountain Resources 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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