Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) and Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Gulfport Energy Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Natural Resources $4.89 billion 5.32 $1.79 billion $0.98 156.13
Gulfport Energy Corporation $828.11 million 3.19 $578.48 million ($1.62) -8.91

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

Dividends

Pioneer Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. Gulfport Energy Corporation does not pay a dividend. Pioneer Natural Resources pays out 8.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Gulfport Energy Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Natural Resources 3.10% 1.79% 1.15%
Gulfport Energy Corporation -15.02% 7.42% 4.07%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.6% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of Gulfport Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Gulfport Energy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Pioneer Natural Resources has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulfport Energy Corporation has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pioneer Natural Resources and Gulfport Energy Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Natural Resources 0 3 19 0 2.86
Gulfport Energy Corporation 1 4 20 0 2.76

Pioneer Natural Resources currently has a consensus price target of $201.21, suggesting a potential upside of 31.50%. Gulfport Energy Corporation has a consensus price target of $24.62, suggesting a potential upside of 70.61%. Given Gulfport Energy Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gulfport Energy Corporation is more favorable than Pioneer Natural Resources.

Summary

Pioneer Natural Resources beats Gulfport Energy Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pioneer Natural Resources

Pioneer Natural Resources Company is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company explores for, develops and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and gas within the United States, with operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in eight gas processing plants and nine treating facilities. As of December 31, 2016, its Spraberry/Wolfcamp field covered approximately 800,000 gross acres (690,000 net acres). The Company completed 12 Eagle Ford Shale wells during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 185,000 gross acres (165,000 net acres) in the center of the Raton Basin. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s gas had an average energy content of 1,400 British thermal unit (Btu).

About Gulfport Energy Corporation

Gulfport Energy Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the exploitation and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil in the United States. The Company’s properties are located in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the West Cote Blanche Bay (WCBB) and Hackberry fields. The Company also has an interest in producing properties in Northwestern Colorado in the Niobrara Formation and in Western North Dakota in the Bakken Formation. The Company also holds an acreage position in the Alberta oil sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and an interest in an entity that operates in the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand. The Company also owns interests in various fields, which includes Deer Island, Fay South, Crest, Squaw Cheek, Green River Basin and Watonga Chickasha Trend.

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