Parsley Energy (NYSE:PE) and Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Parsley Energy and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Parsley Energy 20.21% 6.43% 4.31%
Comstock Resources -7.34% 30.47% 1.19%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Parsley Energy and Comstock Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Parsley Energy 0 4 24 1 2.90
Comstock Resources 1 1 1 0 2.00

Parsley Energy currently has a consensus price target of $32.32, suggesting a potential upside of 79.76%. Comstock Resources has a consensus price target of $10.40, suggesting a potential upside of 50.72%. Given Parsley Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Parsley Energy is more favorable than Comstock Resources.

Volatility & Risk

Parsley Energy has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.1% of Parsley Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.3% of Comstock Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.2% of Parsley Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of Comstock Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Parsley Energy and Comstock Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Parsley Energy $1.83 billion 3.12 $369.13 million $1.41 12.75
Comstock Resources $390.25 million 1.87 -$28.63 million N/A N/A

Parsley Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Resources.

Summary

Parsley Energy beats Comstock Resources on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Parsley Energy Company Profile

Parsley Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, production, exploration, and sale of crude oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. As of December 31, 2017, its acreage position consisted of 219,747 net acres, including 174,392 net acres in the Midland Basin and 45,355 net acres in the Delaware Basin; and 241.0 net producing horizontal wells and 731.5 net producing vertical wells, as well an estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves were 416.4 MMBoe. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Comstock Resources Company Profile

Comstock Resources, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas resources primarily in Texas and Louisiana. The company is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.

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