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

Volatility and Risk

Mid-Con Energy Partners has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ARC Resources has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Mid-Con Energy Partners and ARC Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mid-Con Energy Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00
ARC Resources 0 1 0 0 2.00

Mid-Con Energy Partners currently has a consensus price target of $0.90, indicating a potential downside of 28.00%. Given Mid-Con Energy Partners’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Mid-Con Energy Partners is more favorable than ARC Resources.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mid-Con Energy Partners -84.52% -31.42% -10.52%
ARC Resources 10.19% 3.67% 2.17%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mid-Con Energy Partners $56.98 million 0.66 -$27.33 million N/A N/A
ARC Resources $945.11 million 3.78 $299.99 million N/A N/A

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.5% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of ARC Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ARC Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Mid-Con Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. Mid-Con Energy Partners has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

ARC Resources beats Mid-Con Energy Partners on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

ARC Resources Company Profile

ARC Resources Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, condensate, and natural gas liquids. The company primarily holds interests in the Montney resource play properties located in northeast British Columbia and northern Alberta; and other assets located in the Cardium formation in the Pembina area of Alberta. As of December 31, 2017, it had proved plus probable reserves of 836.1 MMboe. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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