Reviewing EXCO Resources (XCO) & Energen (EGN)

EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO) and Energen (NYSE:EGN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

EXCO Resources has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energen has a beta of 1.9, indicating that its share price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares EXCO Resources and Energen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EXCO Resources 25.72% N/A -4.60%
Energen -1.17% -0.45% -0.30%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EXCO Resources and Energen’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EXCO Resources $271.00 million 0.04 -$225.25 million $3.91 0.14
Energen $532.89 million 10.42 -$167.51 million ($0.11) -519.45

Energen has higher revenue and earnings than EXCO Resources. Energen is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EXCO Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.3% of EXCO Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.1% of Energen shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of EXCO Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Energen shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for EXCO Resources and Energen, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EXCO Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Energen 0 10 14 0 2.58

Energen has a consensus target price of $66.19, suggesting a potential upside of 15.84%. Given Energen’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Energen is more favorable than EXCO Resources.

Summary

Energen beats EXCO Resources on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

EXCO Resources Company Profile

EXCO Resources, Inc. (EXCO) is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, exploitation, acquisition, development and production of onshore United States oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays. The Company’s principal operations are conducted in certain United States oil and natural gas areas, including Texas, Louisiana and the Appalachia region. The Company holds acreage positions in approximately three shale plays in the United States, including East Texas and North Louisiana, South Texas and Appalachia. In East Texas and North Louisiana, the Company holds approximately 83,800 net acres in the Haynesville and Bossier shales. In South Texas, it holds approximately 65,800 net acres in the Eagle Ford shale. In Appalachia, the Company holds approximately 137,400 net acres prospective in the Marcellus shale.

Energen Company Profile

Energen Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and natural gas. Its operations are conducted through subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation and occur within the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin and the Central Basin Platform areas of the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing its oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production and proved reserves through active development and/or exploratory programs in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas represented approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of its reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its development activities added approximately 327 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) of reserves from the drilling of 623 gross development, exploratory and service wells and 73 well recompletions and pay-adds.

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