Contrasting Crescent Point Energy Corporation (CPG) and Linn Energy (LINE)

Crescent Point Energy Corporation (NYSE: CPG) and Linn Energy (NASDAQ:LINE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.3% of Crescent Point Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crescent Point Energy Corporation and Linn Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crescent Point Energy Corporation $1.92 billion 2.33 -$704.37 million ($0.82) -10.02
Linn Energy N/A N/A N/A ($10.84) N/A

Linn Energy has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Crescent Point Energy Corporation. Crescent Point Energy Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Linn Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Crescent Point Energy Corporation and Linn Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crescent Point Energy Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Linn Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crescent Point Energy Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 88.56%.

Profitability

This table compares Crescent Point Energy Corporation and Linn Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crescent Point Energy Corporation -18.68% 2.45% 1.44%
Linn Energy -51.43% N/A -10.69%

Dividends

Crescent Point Energy Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Linn Energy does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy Corporation pays out -35.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Crescent Point Energy Corporation beats Linn Energy on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crescent Point Energy Corporation

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Linn Energy

Linn Energy, Inc., formerly Linn Energy, LLC, is an oil and natural gas company. The Company focuses on acquiring, developing and maximizing cash flow from a portfolio of oil and natural gas asset. Its properties include Hugoton Basin, which includes properties located in Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle and the Shallow Texas Panhandle; Rockies, which includes properties located in Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota and Colorado; California, which includes properties located in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles basins; TexLa, which includes properties located in east Texas and north Louisiana; Mid-Continent, which includes Oklahoma properties located in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins, as well as waterfloods in the Central Oklahoma Platform; Michigan/Illinois, which includes properties located in the Antrim Shale formation in north Michigan and oil properties in south Illinois; Permian Basin, which includes properties located in west Texas and southeast New Mexico, and South Texas.

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