Breitburn Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BBEP) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.7% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Breitburn Energy Partners and Noble Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Breitburn Energy Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Noble Corporation $2.01 billion 0.41 $1.16 billion ($7.21) -0.47

Noble Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Breitburn Energy Partners.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Breitburn Energy Partners and Noble Corporation, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Breitburn Energy Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Noble Corporation 7 16 5 0 1.93

Noble Corporation has a consensus price target of $5.96, suggesting a potential upside of 77.38%. Given Noble Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Noble Corporation is more favorable than Breitburn Energy Partners.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Breitburn Energy Partners -58.18% -15,450.84% -8.71%
Noble Corporation -122.04% -3.19% -1.83%


Noble Corporation beats Breitburn Energy Partners on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Breitburn Energy Partners

Breitburn Energy Partners LP is an independent oil and gas partnership focused on the acquisition, exploitation and development of oil, natural gas liquid (NGL) and natural gas properties in the United States. The Company’s assets consist primarily of producing and non-producing oil, NGL and natural gas reserves located in approximately seven producing areas, which include Midwest (Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky); Ark-La-Tex (Arkansas, Louisiana and East Texas); Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico; Mid-Continent (Oklahoma, Kansas and the Texas Panhandle); Rockies (Wyoming and Colorado); Southeast (Florida and Alabama), and California. Its midstream assets include transmission and gathering pipelines, gas processing plants, NGL recovery plants, a controlling interest in a salt water disposal company and the 120-mile Transpetco Pipeline. Its total estimated proved reserves are approximately 239.3 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe).

About Noble Corporation

Noble Corporation is an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 79 mobile offshore drilling units and one floating production storage and offloading unit (NYSE:NE) located globally.

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