EV Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: EVEP) and Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

8.6% of EV Energy Partners, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.4% of Denbury Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.2% of EV Energy Partners, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Denbury Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares EV Energy Partners, L.P. and Denbury Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EV Energy Partners, L.P. -120.31% -7.43% -3.56%
Denbury Resources -35.24% -1.94% -0.25%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EV Energy Partners, L.P. and Denbury Resources’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EV Energy Partners, L.P. N/A N/A N/A ($5.20) -0.11
Denbury Resources $1.04 billion 0.52 $384.51 million ($0.96) -1.44

Denbury Resources has higher revenue and earnings than EV Energy Partners, L.P.. Denbury Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EV Energy Partners, L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

EV Energy Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.74, meaning that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Denbury Resources has a beta of 3.39, meaning that its stock price is 239% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for EV Energy Partners, L.P. and Denbury Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EV Energy Partners, L.P. 1 1 0 0 1.50
Denbury Resources 2 7 1 0 1.90

EV Energy Partners, L.P. presently has a consensus price target of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 67.28%. Denbury Resources has a consensus price target of $2.31, suggesting a potential upside of 67.57%. Given Denbury Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Denbury Resources is more favorable than EV Energy Partners, L.P..

Summary

Denbury Resources beats EV Energy Partners, L.P. on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

EV Energy Partners, L.P. Company Profile

EV Energy Partners, L.P. is engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and all of its operations are located in the United States. The Company’s oil and natural gas properties are located in the Appalachian Basin, which includes the Utica Shale; the San Juan Basin; Michigan; Central Texas, which includes the Austin Chalk area; the Mid-Continent areas in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana; the Monroe Field in Northern Louisiana, and the Permian Basin. Its activities are concentrated in the Ohio and West Virginia areas of the Appalachian Basin. Its properties are located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico and La Plata County in Colorado. It owns Eagle Ford oil and natural gas properties in Karnes County, including Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk reserves. It holds interest in approximately 9,150 acres in Karnes County. Its properties are located in the Antrim Shale reservoir in Otsego and Montmorency counties in northern Michigan.

Denbury Resources Company Profile

Denbury Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused in two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Its properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. It had an estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of 254.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) as of December 31, 2016. Its primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide (CO2) source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi. Its mature group of properties includes the initial CO2 field, Little Creek, and other fields, including Brookhaven, Cranfield, Eucutta, Lockhart Crossing, Mallalieu and Soso fields. Its LaBarge Field is located in southwestern Wyoming. Its Riley Ridge Federal Unit is located in southwestern Wyoming and produces gas from the same LaBarge Field.

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