Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ: CRZO) and Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Carrizo Oil & Gas and Whiting Petroleum’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Carrizo Oil & Gas||$443.59 million||4.15||-$675.47 million||$1.55||14.59|
|Whiting Petroleum||$1.28 billion||2.11||-$1.34 billion||($7.18)||-4.17|
This table compares Carrizo Oil & Gas and Whiting Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Carrizo Oil & Gas||16.08%||58.37%||4.45%|
Risk and Volatility
Carrizo Oil & Gas has a beta of 2.18, meaning that its stock price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whiting Petroleum has a beta of 3.39, meaning that its stock price is 239% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Carrizo Oil & Gas and Whiting Petroleum, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Carrizo Oil & Gas||0||8||12||0||2.60|
Carrizo Oil & Gas currently has a consensus price target of $30.12, suggesting a potential upside of 33.15%. Whiting Petroleum has a consensus price target of $34.07, suggesting a potential upside of 13.83%. Given Carrizo Oil & Gas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Carrizo Oil & Gas is more favorable than Whiting Petroleum.
Carrizo Oil & Gas beats Whiting Petroleum on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Carrizo Oil & Gas Company Profile
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is an energy company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas from resource plays located in the United States. Its operations are focused in proven, producing oil and gas plays in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Delaware Basin in West Texas, the Utica Shale in Ohio, the Niobrara Formation in Colorado, and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s proved reserves of 200 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) were 64% crude oil, 12% natural gas liquids (NGLs) and 24% natural gas. As of December 31, 2016, it operated approximately 94% of the wells in Eagle Ford in which it held an interest. As of December 31, 2016, it held an average interest of approximately 85% in these operated wells. As of December 31, 2016, it owned leases covering approximately 309,200 gross (179,179 net) acres in the Eagle Ford, Niobrara, Utica and the Delaware Basin areas.
Whiting Petroleum Company Profile
Whiting Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in development, production, acquisition and exploration activities primarily in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. It is engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid (NGLs) and natural gas. Its Northern Rocky Mountains operations included properties in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations and encompassing approximately 736,000 gross developed and undeveloped acres, as of December 31, 2016. Its Central Rocky Mountains operations included properties at its Redtail field in the Denver Julesburg Basin in Weld County, Colorado targeting the Niobrara and Codell/Fort Hays formations and encompassing approximately 157,200 gross developed and undeveloped acres, as of December 31, 2016. Its other operations primarily relate to non-core assets in Colorado, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
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