Crescent Point Energy (NASDAQ: UPL) and Ultra Petroleum (NASDAQ:UPL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Ultra Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crescent Point Energy -16.48% 1.80% 1.02%
Ultra Petroleum -23.49% -21.81% 15.23%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Ultra Petroleum’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crescent Point Energy $2.55 billion 1.34 -$95.65 million $0.14 44.43
Ultra Petroleum $891.87 million 0.23 $177.14 million $2.03 0.52

Ultra Petroleum has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Crescent Point Energy. Ultra Petroleum is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crescent Point Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Crescent Point Energy has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ultra Petroleum has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crescent Point Energy and Ultra Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crescent Point Energy 0 4 2 0 2.33
Ultra Petroleum 1 2 0 0 1.67

Crescent Point Energy presently has a consensus price target of $15.75, suggesting a potential upside of 153.22%. Ultra Petroleum has a consensus price target of $1.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.76%. Given Crescent Point Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crescent Point Energy is more favorable than Ultra Petroleum.

Dividends

Crescent Point Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Ultra Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy pays out 192.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.4% of Crescent Point Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.9% of Ultra Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Crescent Point Energy beats Ultra Petroleum on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crescent Point Energy

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada..

About Ultra Petroleum

Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, operation, and production of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal business activities are developing its natural gas reserves in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming?the Pinedale and Jonah fields; and its oil reserves in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned interests in approximately 112,000 gross acres in Wyoming. It also owns approximately 8,000 net acres in the Uinta Basin in Utah. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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