Head-To-Head Review: Newfield Exploration (NFX) versus Mid-Con Energy Partners (MCEP)

Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) and Mid-Con Energy Partners (NASDAQ:MCEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Newfield Exploration and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newfield Exploration 21.14% 43.65% 13.21%
Mid-Con Energy Partners -69.81% -28.43% -8.49%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.3% of Newfield Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.4% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Newfield Exploration shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Newfield Exploration has a beta of 1.65, indicating that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-Con Energy Partners has a beta of 1.6, indicating that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Newfield Exploration and Mid-Con Energy Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newfield Exploration 0 16 10 0 2.38
Mid-Con Energy Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00

Newfield Exploration currently has a consensus target price of $35.85, suggesting a potential upside of 64.22%. Mid-Con Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $0.90, suggesting a potential downside of 22.41%. Given Newfield Exploration’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Newfield Exploration is more favorable than Mid-Con Energy Partners.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Newfield Exploration and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newfield Exploration $1.77 billion 2.48 $427.00 million $2.15 10.15
Mid-Con Energy Partners $56.98 million 0.62 -$27.33 million N/A N/A

Newfield Exploration has higher revenue and earnings than Mid-Con Energy Partners.

Summary

Newfield Exploration beats Mid-Con Energy Partners on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Newfield Exploration

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company has operations principally in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, and the Uinta Basin of Utah. It also holds oil producing assets offshore China. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

About Mid-Con Energy Partners

Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP engages in the ownership, acquisition, and development of producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company's properties are primarily located in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin regions of the United States in Oklahoma and Texas. As of December 31, 2017, its total estimated proved reserves of approximately 19.6 million barrel of oil equivalent. Mid-Con Energy GP, LLC serves as the general partner of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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