Pedevco Corp (NYSE: PED) and Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE:BBG) are both small-cap oil & gas exploration and production – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pedevco Corp and Bill Barrett Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pedevco Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bill Barrett Corporation 1 6 6 0 2.38

Bill Barrett Corporation has a consensus target price of $6.38, suggesting a potential downside of 4.28%. Given Bill Barrett Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bill Barrett Corporation is more favorable than Pedevco Corp.

Risk & Volatility

Pedevco Corp has a beta of -1.97, suggesting that its stock price is 297% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bill Barrett Corporation has a beta of 3.57, suggesting that its stock price is 257% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.7% of Bill Barrett Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Bill Barrett Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Pedevco Corp and Bill Barrett Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pedevco Corp -531.28% N/A -30.00%
Bill Barrett Corporation -49.61% -7.59% -3.05%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pedevco Corp and Bill Barrett Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pedevco Corp N/A N/A N/A ($3.44) -0.09
Bill Barrett Corporation $178.82 million 2.84 -$170.37 million ($1.60) -4.16

Pedevco Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bill Barrett Corporation. Bill Barrett Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pedevco Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Bill Barrett Corporation beats Pedevco Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pedevco Corp Company Profile

PEDEVCO Corp. is an energy company, which is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas shale plays in the Denver-Julesberg Basin (D-J Basin) in Colorado. The D-J Basin contains hydrocarbon bearing deposits in several formations, including the Niobrara, Codell, Greenhorn, Shannon, J-Sand and D-Sand. The Company’s operating properties are located in the Wattenberg, Wattenberg Extension and Niobrara formation in the D-J Basin. It holds over 16,160 net D-J Basin acres located in Weld and Morgan Counties, Colorado through its subsidiary, Red Hawk Petroleum, LLC, which acreage is located in the Wattenberg and Wattenberg Extension areas of the D-J Basin that it refers to as D-J Basin Asset. It holds interest in Caspian Energy, Inc., which holds a working interest in production and exploration licenses for an oil and gas producing asset, which covers an area of approximately 380,000 acres and is located in the Pre-Caspian Basin in Kazakhstan.

Bill Barrett Corporation Company Profile

Bill Barrett Corporation is an independent energy company that develops, acquires and explores for oil and natural gas resources. The Company’s assets and operations are located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. It has over two areas of production: The Denver-Julesburg Basin (DJ Basin) and the Uinta Oil Program in the Uinta Basin. Its acreage positions in the DJ Basin are located in Colorado’s eastern plains and parts of southeastern Wyoming. It had interests in 299 gross producing wells and served as an operator in 202 gross wells, as of December 31, 2016. The Uinta Basin is located in northeastern Utah. Uinta Basin’s estimated proved reserves are 21.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Uinta Basin has interests in approximately 240 gross producing wells. The Company serves as an operator in over 170 gross wells. The Uinta Oil Program includes over three areas of development located in the basin referred as Blacktail Ridge, Lake Canyon and East Bluebell.

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