Rice Energy (RICE) versus Berry Petroleum (BRY) Financial Comparison

Rice Energy (NYSE: RICE) and Berry Petroleum (NYSE:BRY) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Rice Energy and Berry Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rice Energy 0 18 5 0 2.22
Berry Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Rice Energy presently has a consensus target price of $27.58, indicating a potential downside of 5.92%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Rice Energy and Berry Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rice Energy $778.91 million 8.58 -$269.75 million ($1.24) -23.65
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A $2.87 N/A

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

Profitability

This table compares Rice Energy and Berry Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rice Energy 12.25% -13.19% 2.20%
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.2% of Rice Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Rice Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Rice Energy beats Berry Petroleum on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rice Energy Company Profile

Rice Energy Inc. (Rice Energy) is an independent natural gas and oil company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The Exploration and Production segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and NGLs. The Exploration and Production segment operates in the cores of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The Company controls approximately 231,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Ohio Utica Shale cores. It operates approximately 1,164 drilling locations. The Midstream segment is engaged in the gathering and compression of natural gas, oil and NGL production of, and in the provision of water services to support the well completion activities of, Rice Energy and third parties.

Berry Petroleum Company Profile

Berry Petroleum Company, LLC., formerly Berry Petroleum Company, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the production, development, exploitation, and acquisition of oil and natural gas. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in California (South Midway-Sunset (SMWSS)-Steam Floods, North Midway-Sunset (NMWSS)-Diatomite, NMWSS-New Steam Floods, Texas (Permian and E. Texas), Utah (Uinta) and Colorado (Piceance). The Company’s operations are conducted in the continental United States. In December 2013, Linn Energy LLC and Linn Co, LLC (Linn Co) announced the completion of the merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company (Berry), where LinnCo had acquired all of Berry’s interest.

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