PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE) and Energy XXI Gulf Coast (NASDAQ:EGC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.7% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of PDC Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for PDC Energy and Energy XXI Gulf Coast, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDC Energy 1 7 14 0 2.59
Energy XXI Gulf Coast 0 0 0 0 N/A

PDC Energy currently has a consensus target price of $59.06, suggesting a potential upside of 100.61%. Given PDC Energy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe PDC Energy is more favorable than Energy XXI Gulf Coast.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PDC Energy and Energy XXI Gulf Coast’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PDC Energy $1.55 billion 1.26 $2.02 million ($2.96) -9.95
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

PDC Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Energy XXI Gulf Coast.

Profitability

This table compares PDC Energy and Energy XXI Gulf Coast’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PDC Energy -7.38% -2.50% -1.32%
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A

About PDC Energy

PDC Energy, Inc., an independent exploration and production company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its operations are primarily located in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Delaware Basin in Texas. The company was formerly known as Petroleum Development Corporation and changed its name to PDC Energy, Inc. in June 2012. PDC Energy, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

About Energy XXI Gulf Coast

Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc., an exploration and production company, engages in the acquisition, development, exploitation, and operation of oil and natural gas properties in the United States Gulf Coast region. It primarily operates properties offshore on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf, as well as onshore in Louisiana and Texas. As of December 31, 2017, the company had total proved reserves of 88.2 million barrel of oil equivalent; and operated or had an interest in 577 gross producing wells on 421,974 net developed acres, including interests in 55 producing fields. Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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