Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and Mid-Con Energy Partners (NASDAQ:MCEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Anadarko Petroleum and Mid-Con Energy Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anadarko Petroleum 0 4 18 0 2.82
Mid-Con Energy Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00

Anadarko Petroleum currently has a consensus price target of $79.89, suggesting a potential upside of 21.03%. Mid-Con Energy Partners has a consensus price target of $0.90, suggesting a potential downside of 41.56%. Given Anadarko Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Anadarko Petroleum is more favorable than Mid-Con Energy Partners.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Anadarko Petroleum and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anadarko Petroleum $11.91 billion 2.84 -$456.00 million ($1.96) -33.68
Mid-Con Energy Partners $56.98 million 0.82 -$27.33 million N/A N/A

Mid-Con Energy Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Anadarko Petroleum.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.2% of Anadarko Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.6% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Anadarko Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Anadarko Petroleum pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Mid-Con Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. Anadarko Petroleum pays out -51.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mid-Con Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Anadarko Petroleum has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-Con Energy Partners has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Anadarko Petroleum and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anadarko Petroleum 3.63% 1.85% 0.56%
Mid-Con Energy Partners -84.52% -31.42% -10.52%

Summary

Anadarko Petroleum beats Mid-Con Energy Partners on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Anadarko Petroleum

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of oil and gas properties. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production, WES Midstream, and Other Midstream. The company explores for and produces oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). It also engages in gathering, processing, treating, and transporting oil, natural-gas, and NGLs production, as well as the gathering and disposal of produced water. The company's oil and natural gas properties are located in the U.S. onshore and deepwater Gulf of Mexico; and Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Colombia, and other countries. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

About Mid-Con Energy Partners

Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP engages in the ownership, acquisition, and development of producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company's properties are primarily located in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin regions of the United States in Oklahoma and Texas. As of December 31, 2017, its total estimated proved reserves of approximately 19.6 million barrel of oil equivalent. Mid-Con Energy GP, LLC serves as the general partner of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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