Penn Virginia (OTCMKTS: PVAHQ) and Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Penn Virginia and Stone Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penn Virginia -171.02% N/A -56.59%
Stone Energy 68.43% 590.23% 37.33%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Penn Virginia and Stone Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia N/A N/A N/A ($20.07) N/A
Stone Energy $377.39 million 1.36 -$590.58 million N/A N/A

Penn Virginia has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Stone Energy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.1% of Stone Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Penn Virginia and Stone Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 1 0 0 2.00
Stone Energy 0 3 1 0 2.25

Penn Virginia currently has a consensus price target of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Stone Energy has a consensus price target of $5.08, suggesting a potential downside of 80.22%. Given Penn Virginia’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than Stone Energy.

Summary

Stone Energy beats Penn Virginia on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Penn Virginia Company Profile

Penn Virginia Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the onshore exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. Its operations consist primarily of drilling unconventional horizontal development wells, and operating its producing wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field or the Eagle Ford, in South Texas. It also has operations in Oklahoma, primarily in the Granite Wash. Its primary oil and gas assets are located in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in South Texas, and Washita and Custer Counties in Western Oklahoma. As of March 10, 2017, the Company had a contiguous position of approximately 54,000 net acres in the core liquids-rich area or volatile oil window of the Eagle Ford in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in Texas. As of December 31, 2016, its total proved reserves were approximately 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE), of which 53% were proved developed reserves and 74% were crude oil.

Stone Energy Company Profile

Stone Energy Corporation is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) basin. It has leveraged its operations in the GOM conventional shelf and has its reserve base in the prolific basins of the GOM deep water, Gulf Coast deep gas, and the Marcellus and Utica shales in Appalachia. Its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves are over 60 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBoe) or 340 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). Over 95 MMBoe or 570 Bcfe of its estimated proved reserves are revised downward. It has made investments in seismic data and leasehold interests, and has geological, geophysical, engineering and operational operations in deep water arena to evaluate potential exploration, development and acquisition opportunities. It holds over two deep water platforms, producing reserves and various leases.

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