Magnolia Oil & Gas (NYSE: PXD) and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Magnolia Oil & Gas and Pioneer Natural Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Magnolia Oil & Gas 0 0 2 0 3.00
Pioneer Natural Resources 0 1 27 1 3.00

Magnolia Oil & Gas presently has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.09%. Pioneer Natural Resources has a consensus price target of $233.67, indicating a potential upside of 35.45%. Given Pioneer Natural Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pioneer Natural Resources is more favorable than Magnolia Oil & Gas.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.3% of Magnolia Oil & Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Magnolia Oil & Gas and Pioneer Natural Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Magnolia Oil & Gas N/A -72.26% -0.55%
Pioneer Natural Resources 12.23% 7.29% 4.78%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Magnolia Oil & Gas and Pioneer Natural Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Magnolia Oil & Gas N/A N/A $1.53 million N/A N/A
Pioneer Natural Resources $5.46 billion 5.39 $833.00 million $2.16 79.87

Pioneer Natural Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Magnolia Oil & Gas.

Dividends

Pioneer Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Magnolia Oil & Gas does not pay a dividend. Pioneer Natural Resources pays out 14.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Pioneer Natural Resources beats Magnolia Oil & Gas on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Magnolia Oil & Gas Company Profile

Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation operates as an oil and gas exploration and production company. It has operations in South Texas in the core of the Eagle Ford. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company Profile

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company explores for, develops, and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gas. It has operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado, and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. As of December 31, 2017, the company had proved undeveloped reserves and proved developed reserves of approximately 45 million barrels of oil, 22 million barrels of NGLs, and 291 billion cubic feet of gas; and owned interests in 10 gas processing plants and 4 treating facilities. Pioneer Natural Resources Company is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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