California Resources (NYSE: CRC) and Encana (NYSE:ECA) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.2% of California Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of Encana shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of California Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Encana shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares California Resources and Encana’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
California Resources -10.23% N/A -3.96%
Encana 19.08% 5.95% 2.64%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares California Resources and Encana’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
California Resources $1.55 billion 0.58 $279.00 million ($5.00) -4.22
Encana $2.92 billion 4.49 -$944.00 million $0.80 16.84

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

Dividends

Encana pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. California Resources does not pay a dividend. Encana pays out 7.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

California Resources has a beta of 6.63, suggesting that its share price is 563% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Encana has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for California Resources and Encana, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
California Resources 0 3 1 0 2.25
Encana 0 4 15 2 2.90

California Resources currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential downside of 14.65%. Encana has a consensus price target of $14.45, indicating a potential upside of 7.26%. Given Encana’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Encana is more favorable than California Resources.

Summary

Encana beats California Resources on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

California Resources Company Profile

California Resources Corporation is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, with operating properties within the State of California. The Company produced approximately 140 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had net proved reserves of 568 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). As of December 31, 2016, it drilled 42 development wells with 37 wells in the San Joaquin basin and five in the Los Angeles basin, which included over 30 steamflood and eight waterflood wells. As of December 31, 2016, the Company produced 36 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBoe), including approximately 20 BBoe in the San Joaquin basin, 11 BBoe in the Los Angeles basin, three BBoe in the Ventura basin and 10 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in the Sacramento basin. Its operations included 135 fields with 8,837 gross active wellbores, as of December 31, 2016.

Encana Company Profile

Encana Corporation is an energy producer that is focused on developing its multi-basin portfolio of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) producing plays. The Company’s operations also include the marketing of natural gas, oil and NGLs. All of its reserves and production are located in North America. It operates through three segments: Canadian Operations, USA Operations and Market optimization. Its Canadian Operations segment includes the exploration for, development of, and production of natural gas oil and NGLs and other related activities within Canada. Its Canadian operations include Montney in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta and Duvernay in west central Alberta. The USA Operations include the exploration for, development of, and production of natural gas, oil and NGLs, and other related activities within the United States. The Market Optimization activities are primarily responsible for the sale of the Company’s production to third party customers.

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