Head to Head Review: Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) and Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK)
Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) and Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.
This table compares Southwestern Energy and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Southwestern Energy has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
94.6% of Southwestern Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.9% of Comstock Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Southwestern Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Comstock Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Southwestern 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|
|Southwestern Energy||$3.86 billion||0.25||$537.00 million||$1.02||1.76|
|Comstock Resources||$390.25 million||2.54||-$28.63 million||N/A||N/A|
Southwestern Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Resources.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Southwestern Energy and Comstock Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Southwestern Energy presently has a consensus target price of $4.32, suggesting a potential upside of 140.17%. Comstock Resources has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.27%. Given Southwestern Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Southwestern Energy is more favorable than Comstock Resources.
Southwestern Energy beats Comstock Resources on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Southwestern Energy
Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. It operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The company focuses on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. As of December 31, 2018, it had approximately 184,024 net acres in Northeast Appalachia; and approximately 297,445 net acres in Southwest Appalachia. The company's estimated proved natural gas, oil, and NGLs reserves comprise 11,921 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Bcfe); and 6,364 Bcfe of proved undeveloped reserves. Southwestern Energy Company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Spring, Texas.
About Comstock Resources
Comstock Resources, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the acquisition, exploration for, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties, primarily in Texas, Louisiana, and North Dakota. The company is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.
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