Blue Ridge Mountain Resources (OTCMKTS: MHRCQ) and Independence Contract Drilling (NYSE:ICD) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.
This table compares Blue Ridge Mountain Resources and Independence Contract Drilling’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Blue Ridge Mountain Resources||-2,141.83%||N/A||-174.34%|
|Independence Contract Drilling||-34.87%||-8.28%||-6.78%|
This table compares Blue Ridge Mountain Resources and Independence Contract Drilling’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Blue Ridge Mountain Resources||N/A||N/A||N/A||($1.02)||0.00|
|Independence Contract Drilling||$70.06 million||1.89||-$22.17 million||($0.78)||-4.47|
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Independence Contract Drilling. Independence Contract Drilling is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources has a beta of 2.75, meaning that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Independence Contract Drilling has a beta of 2.8, meaning that its stock price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Blue Ridge Mountain Resources and Independence Contract Drilling, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Blue Ridge Mountain Resources||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Independence Contract Drilling||0||1||5||0||2.83|
Independence Contract Drilling has a consensus target price of $6.45, indicating a potential upside of 84.81%. Given Independence Contract Drilling’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Independence Contract Drilling is more favorable than Blue Ridge Mountain Resources.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
78.2% of Independence Contract Drilling shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.8% of Independence Contract Drilling shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Independence Contract Drilling beats Blue Ridge Mountain Resources on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources Company Profile
Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, Inc., formerly Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, primarily in the states of West Virginia and Ohio. The Company operates through three segments: Upstream, Midstream and Oil Field Services. The Upstream segment is organized and operated to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas within the geographic boundaries of the United States and Canada. The Midstream segment consists primarily of Eureka Hunter Holdings, LLC (Eureka Midstream Holdings), which markets natural gas and operates a network of pipelines and compression stations that gather natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States for transportation to market. The Oilfield Services segment provides drilling services to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies.
Independence Contract Drilling Company Profile
Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers in the United States. The company constructs, owns, and operates a fleet of ShaleDriller rigs to optimize the development of various oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, it had 12 rigs. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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