EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) and LRR Energy (NYSE:LRE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

100.0% of EQT Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of EQT Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for EQT Corporation and LRR Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EQT Corporation 0 5 9 0 2.64
LRR Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

EQT Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $78.09, indicating a potential upside of 33.90%. Given EQT Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe EQT Corporation is more favorable than LRR Energy.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EQT Corporation and LRR Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EQT Corporation $1.61 billion 6.30 -$452.98 million $0.21 277.73
LRR Energy N/A N/A N/A $0.73 5.92

LRR Energy has higher revenue, but lower earnings than EQT Corporation. LRR Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EQT Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

EQT Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. LRR Energy does not pay a dividend. EQT Corporation pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. LRR Energy has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EQT Corporation 1.39% 1.61% 0.95%
LRR Energy -208.41% -34.35% -17.42%

Summary

EQT Corporation beats LRR Energy on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EQT Corporation

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.

About LRR Energy

LRR Energy, L.P. (LRR Energy) operates, acquires, exploits and develops producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The Company’s properties consist of onshore oil and natural gas properties. Its oil and natural gas properties include the Permian Basin region in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico, the Mid-Continent region in Oklahoma and East Texas, and the Gulf Coast region in Texas. As of December 31, 2014, the Company’s total estimated proved reserves were approximately 33.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), of which approximately 88% were proved developed reserves (approximately 73% proved developed producing and approximately 15% proved developed non-producing). The Company’s general partner is LRE GP, LLC.

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