Antero Midstr (NYSE: AMGP) and Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Antero Midstr and Exterran Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Antero Midstr 0 3 12 1 2.88
Exterran Corporation 0 2 0 0 2.00

Antero Midstr presently has a consensus price target of $26.25, indicating a potential upside of 55.05%. Exterran Corporation has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.06%. Given Antero Midstr’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Antero Midstr is more favorable than Exterran Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Antero Midstr and Exterran Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Antero Midstr $16.94 million 186.07 $9.71 million N/A N/A
Exterran Corporation $1.03 billion 1.07 -$227.93 million ($0.02) -1,539.50

Antero Midstr has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Exterran Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.4% of Antero Midstr shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.1% of Exterran Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Exterran Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Antero Midstr pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Exterran Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Antero Midstr and Exterran Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Antero Midstr 4.41% 17.95% 9.97%
Exterran Corporation 0.04% -2.82% -1.11%

Summary

Antero Midstr beats Exterran Corporation on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Antero Midstr Company Profile

Antero Midstream GP LP, formerly Antero Resources Midstream Management LLC, owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure. The Company’s segments include gathering and processing and water handling and treatment. The gathering and processing segment consist of long-term, fee-based activities including low-pressure gathering, compression, high-pressure gathering, processing, fractionation, and condensate gathering. The Company’s water handling and treatment segment consists of long-term fee based activities including fresh water delivery used in completion activity, and water handling services. The Company’s assets are located both in the southwestern core of the Marcellus Shale in northwest West Virginia and in the core of the Utica Shale in southern Ohio.

Exterran Corporation Company Profile

Exterran Corporation provides compression, production and processing products and services that support the production and transportation of oil and natural gas around the world. The Company operates through three segments: contract operations, aftermarket services, and oil and gas product sales. The contract operations segment provides natural gas compression services, production and processing equipment services, and maintenance services to meet specific customer requirements on assets owned by it. The aftermarket services segment provides a range of services to support the surface production, compression and processing needs of customers, from parts sales and normal maintenance services to full operation of a customer’s owned assets. The oil and gas product sales segment provides design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and sale of natural gas compression units, and accessories and equipment used in the production, treating and processing of crude oil and natural gas.

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