Analyzing Obsidian Energy (OBE) and Evolution Petroleum Corp (EPM)

Evolution Petroleum Corp (NYSE: EPM) and Obsidian Energy (NYSE:OBE) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Evolution Petroleum Corp and Obsidian Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evolution Petroleum Corp $32.89 million 7.45 $18.80 million N/A N/A
Obsidian Energy N/A N/A N/A ($0.66) -1.29

Evolution Petroleum Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Obsidian Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Evolution Petroleum Corp and Obsidian Energy, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evolution Petroleum Corp 0 1 3 0 2.75
Obsidian Energy 0 6 1 0 2.14

Evolution Petroleum Corp presently has a consensus target price of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 37.78%. Obsidian Energy has a consensus target price of $2.37, suggesting a potential upside of 179.25%. Given Obsidian Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Obsidian Energy is more favorable than Evolution Petroleum Corp.


This table compares Evolution Petroleum Corp and Obsidian Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evolution Petroleum Corp 25.40% 14.11% 11.12%
Obsidian Energy -89.96% -18.75% -12.82%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.4% of Obsidian Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Evolution Petroleum Corp beats Obsidian Energy on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Evolution Petroleum Corp Company Profile

Evolution Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploitation and development of properties for the production of crude oil and natural gas, onshore in the United States. Its assets include interests in a carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery project (EOR) in Louisiana’s Delhi field. Its artificial lift technology is Gas Assisted Rod Pump (GARP). The Company tested GARP technology on marginal producing wells that it owns and operates in the Giddings Field. Its mineral interests include Delhi Holt-Bryant Unit in the Delhi field (Unit) located in Northeast Louisiana. As of June 30, 2016, the Unit was approximately 13,636 acres in size. As of June 30, 2016, the Unit produced approximately 195 million barrels of oil through primary and limited secondary recovery operations. As of June 30, 2016, the Unit had produced over 11 million barrels of oil. The Unit is producing as an EOR project utilizing CO2 flood technology.

Obsidian Energy Company Profile

Obsidian Energy Ltd, formerly Penn West Petroleum Ltd, is a Canada-based conventional oil and natural gas producer and development and production company. The Company operates a portfolio of opportunities with an oil position in the Cardium, Viking and Peace River areas of Alberta. The Alberta Viking area offers a mix of light-oil and gas with high-netback shorter cycle wells to complement longer cycle activities in the Cardium. The Cardium is concentrated on the low-decline and high-netback light-oil production. The Company is focused on an integrated waterflood approach in which it maintain reservoir pressure from the start of production to reduce decline rates on new wells. The Peace River operates in a crude oil resource industry.

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