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

Volatility and Risk

EQT has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-Con Energy Partners has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EQT and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EQT $3.38 billion 3.47 $1.51 billion $1.47 30.23
Mid-Con Energy Partners $56.98 million 0.81 -$27.33 million N/A N/A

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

Dividends

EQT pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Mid-Con Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. EQT pays out 8.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mid-Con Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EQT -6.19% 3.73% 2.24%
Mid-Con Energy Partners -84.52% -31.42% -10.52%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.4% of EQT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.6% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of EQT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EQT 0 6 9 0 2.60
Mid-Con Energy Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00

EQT currently has a consensus target price of $66.57, suggesting a potential upside of 49.80%. Mid-Con Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $0.90, suggesting a potential downside of 40.79%. Given EQT’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe EQT is more favorable than Mid-Con Energy Partners.

Summary

EQT beats Mid-Con Energy Partners on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

EQT Company Profile

EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in natural gas industry in the United States. Its EQT Production segment produces natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil. As of December 31, 2017, this segment operated 21.4 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas, NGLs, and crude oil reserves across approximately 4.0 million gross acres comprising approximately 1.1 million gross acres. The company's EQM Gathering segment is involved in natural gas gathering activities. This segment operates approximately 300 miles of high pressure gathering lines with approximately 2.3 billion cubic feet of total firm gathering capacity, and compression capacity of 189,000 horsepower and various interconnect points; and approximately 1,500 miles of FERC-regulated low pressure gathering lines. Its EQM Transmission segment engages in natural gas transmission and storage activities. This segment operates approximately 950-mile FERC-regulated interstate pipeline that connects to seven interstate pipelines and distribution companies. The company's Gathering segment is involved in the gathering of natural gas assets. This segment operates approximately 178 mile high pressure dry gas gathering system with approximately 5.1 trillion British thermal units of gathering capacity and compression capacity of approximately 85,000 horsepower that connects to five interstate pipelines. Its RMP Water segment assets include water pipelines, impoundment facilities, pumping stations, take point facilities, and measurement facilities used to support well completion activities, as well as to collect, and recycle or dispose of flowback and produced water. This segment operates access to 29.4 million gallons (MMgal) of water from the Monongahela River and various other regional water sources, as well as to 14.0 MMgal of water from the Ohio River and various other regional water sources. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mid-Con Energy Partners Company Profile

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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