Penn Virginia (OTCMKTS: PVAHQ) and Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE:BCEI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Penn Virginia and Bonanza Creek Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 1 0 0 2.00
Bonanza Creek Energy 0 3 0 0 2.00

Penn Virginia currently has a consensus price target of $49.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Bonanza Creek Energy has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.68%. Given Penn Virginia’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than Bonanza Creek Energy.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Penn Virginia and Bonanza Creek Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia N/A N/A N/A ($20.07) N/A
Bonanza Creek Energy $195.29 million 2.93 -$198.95 million ($153.96) -0.18

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Bonanza Creek Energy 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.

Profitability

This table compares Penn Virginia and Bonanza Creek Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penn Virginia -171.02% N/A -56.59%
Bonanza Creek Energy -33.79% -3.17% -1.09%

Summary

Bonanza Creek Energy beats Penn Virginia on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Penn Virginia Company Profile

Penn Virginia Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the onshore exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. Its operations consist primarily of drilling unconventional horizontal development wells, and operating its producing wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field or the Eagle Ford, in South Texas. It also has operations in Oklahoma, primarily in the Granite Wash. Its primary oil and gas assets are located in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in South Texas, and Washita and Custer Counties in Western Oklahoma. As of March 10, 2017, the Company had a contiguous position of approximately 54,000 net acres in the core liquids-rich area or volatile oil window of the Eagle Ford in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in Texas. As of December 31, 2016, its total proved reserves were approximately 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE), of which 53% were proved developed reserves and 74% were crude oil.

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.

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