Comparing Atlas Energy Group (ATLS) and Penn Virginia (PVAHQ)

Atlas Energy Group (OTCMKTS: ATLS) and Penn Virginia (OTCMKTS:PVAHQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Atlas Energy Group and Penn Virginia’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlas Energy Group $137.16 million 0.01 -$13.10 million ($0.77) -0.08
Penn Virginia N/A N/A N/A ($20.07) N/A

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Atlas Energy Group and Penn Virginia, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlas Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Penn Virginia 0 1 0 0 2.00

Penn Virginia has a consensus target price of $49.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Penn Virginia’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than Atlas Energy Group.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlas Energy Group -676.76% N/A -64.37%
Penn Virginia -171.02% N/A -56.59%

About Atlas Energy Group

Atlas Energy Group, LLC is an energy management company, which acquires and develops upstream and midstream oil and gas assets. The Company has ownership interests in the general partner Class A units, and over 23.3% limited partner interest in Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (ARP), which is an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids; over 80% general partner interest and approximately 2.1% limited partner interest in Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. (AGP), which conducts natural gas and oil operations in the mid-continent region of the United States, and owns approximately 15.9% general partner interest and over 12% limited partner interest in Lightfoot Capital Partners, L.P. and Lightfoot Capital Partners GP, LLC, its general partner, which incubates new master limited partnerships (MLPs) and invests in existing MLPs. Its segments include ARP, AGP, and Corporate and other. The Company focuses on the development and growth of energy enterprises.

About Penn Virginia

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.

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