Reviewing Energy XXI Gulf Coast (EXXI) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD)

Energy XXI Gulf Coast (NASDAQ: EXXI) and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.7% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.9% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Pioneer Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.0%. Energy XXI Gulf Coast does not pay a dividend. Pioneer Natural Resources pays out 11.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Energy XXI Gulf Coast and Pioneer Natural Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A
Pioneer Natural Resources 2.17% 2.34% 1.51%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Energy XXI Gulf Coast and Pioneer Natural Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pioneer Natural Resources $3.82 billion 7.95 -$556.00 million $0.72 248.25

Energy XXI Gulf Coast has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Pioneer Natural Resources.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Energy XXI Gulf Coast and Pioneer Natural Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energy XXI Gulf Coast 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pioneer Natural Resources 0 3 24 0 2.89

Pioneer Natural Resources has a consensus price target of $198.03, indicating a potential upside of 10.79%. Given Pioneer Natural Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pioneer Natural Resources is more favorable than Energy XXI Gulf Coast.

Summary

Pioneer Natural Resources beats Energy XXI Gulf Coast on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Energy XXI Gulf Coast

Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (EGC) is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company which was focused on development drilling on the Company’s core properties. The Company’s properties are located in the United States Gulf of Mexico waters and the Gulf Coast onshore. The Company operates nine oilfields on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. As of December 31, 2016, total proved reserves were 121.9 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) of which 78% were crude oil. The Company operated in 616 gross producing wells on 439,294 net developed acres, including interests in 57 producing fields. The Company’s projects include Main Pass Complex, West Delta, Ship Shoal, Grand Isle and South Timbalier. The Main Pass complex is located in approximately 100 feet of water near the mouth of the mississippi river. It includes Main Pass 61 field and Main Pass 73 field along with the Main Pass 296 and 311.

About Pioneer Natural Resources

Pioneer Natural Resources Company is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company explores for, develops and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and gas within the United States, with operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in eight gas processing plants and nine treating facilities. As of December 31, 2016, its Spraberry/Wolfcamp field covered approximately 800,000 gross acres (690,000 net acres). The Company completed 12 Eagle Ford Shale wells during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 185,000 gross acres (165,000 net acres) in the center of the Raton Basin. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s gas had an average energy content of 1,400 British thermal unit (Btu).

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