Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Carbon Natural Gas (OTCMKTS:CRBO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.0% of Devon Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.3% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Devon Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 71.7% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Devon Energy and Carbon Natural Gas’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Devon Energy $10.73 billion 1.28 $3.06 billion $1.29 24.29
Carbon Natural Gas $22.47 million 3.41 $6.31 million N/A N/A

Devon Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Carbon Natural Gas.

Volatility & Risk

Devon Energy has a beta of 2.25, suggesting that its stock price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carbon Natural Gas has a beta of 1.52, suggesting that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Devon Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Carbon Natural Gas does not pay a dividend. Devon Energy pays out 24.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Devon Energy and Carbon Natural Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Devon Energy 24.82% 5.73% 2.61%
Carbon Natural Gas 12.39% 8.65% 2.91%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Devon Energy and Carbon Natural Gas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Devon Energy 1 12 15 0 2.50
Carbon Natural Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Devon Energy currently has a consensus price target of $45.85, indicating a potential upside of 46.35%. Given Devon Energy’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Devon Energy is more favorable than Carbon Natural Gas.

Summary

Devon Energy beats Carbon Natural Gas on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Devon Energy Company Profile

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, primarily engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States and Canada. It operates approximately 12,900 gross wells. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Carbon Natural Gas Company Profile

Carbon Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids properties in the United States. It focuses on conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including shale, tight sand, and coalbed methane located in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Ventura Basins. As of December 31, 2017, it owned working interests in 2,600 net wells and royalty interests located in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as had leasehold positions in approximately 189,000 net developed acres and approximately 222,400 net undeveloped acres located in the Appalachian basin. The company also owned working interests in 29 net coalbed methane wells in the Illinois Basin; had a leasehold position in approximately 1,900 net developed acres and approximately 58,000 net undeveloped acres. In addition, it owned working interests in 200 net wells; and had leasehold positions in approximately 2,300 net developed acres, as well as approximately 8,000 net undeveloped acres. The company was formerly known as Carbon Natural Gas Company and changed its name to Carbon Energy Corporation in June 2018. Carbon Energy Corporation is based in Denver, Colorado.

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