Contrasting Nexen Energy (NXY) & Noble Energy (NBL)

Nexen Energy (NYSE: NXY) and Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) are both large-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.


This table compares Nexen Energy and Noble Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nexen Energy N/A N/A N/A
Noble Energy -26.27% 1.46% 0.69%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nexen Energy and Noble Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nexen Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Noble Energy $4.26 billion 3.57 -$1.12 billion ($2.39) -12.92

Nexen Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Noble Energy.


Noble Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Nexen Energy does not pay a dividend. Noble Energy pays out -16.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Nexen Energy and Noble Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nexen Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Noble Energy 0 3 19 0 2.86

Noble Energy has a consensus price target of $40.63, suggesting a potential upside of 31.58%. Given Noble Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Noble Energy is more favorable than Nexen Energy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.7% of Noble Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Noble Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Noble Energy beats Nexen Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nexen Energy Company Profile

Nexen Inc. (Nexen) is an independent global energy company. The Company’s conventional oil and gas assets consist of large acreage positions in select basins, including the United Kingdom North Sea, deep-water Gulf of Mexico and offshore West Africa. Nexen operates the Buzzard field and platform in the United Kingdom. In the Gulf of Mexico, the Company holds deep-water and shelf producing assets, as well as several undeveloped deep-water discoveries, including Appomattox, Vicksburg and Knotty Head. The Company is a leaseholder in the Gulf with access to deep-water drilling rigs. The deep-water Gulf of Mexico is near infrastructure and continental United States markets. Nexen’s oil sands investments include interests in the Long Lake project, the Syncrude joint venture and 656,000 undeveloped acres (gross) in the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta.

Noble Energy Company Profile

Noble Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) exploration, development, production and acquisition. The Company’s segments include: United States, including the onshore DJ Basin, Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Marcellus Shale and offshore deepwater Gulf of Mexico, as well as the consolidated accounts of Noble Midstream Partners LP (Noble Midstream Partners); Eastern Mediterranean, including offshore Israel and Cyprus; West Africa, including offshore Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Gabon, and Other International and Corporate, including new ventures, such as offshore the Falkland Islands, Suriname and Newfoundland. The Company’s portfolio of assets is diversified through the United States and international projects and production mix among crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. Its business focuses on both the United States unconventional basins and certain global conventional basins.

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