Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation (NYSE: WRD) and Pedevco Corp (NYSE:PED) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation and Pedevco Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation $196.96 million 6.26 $187.09 million N/A N/A
Pedevco Corp $3.73 million 0.67 -$720,000.00 N/A N/A

Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Pedevco Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation and Pedevco Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation N/A N/A N/A
Pedevco Corp -531.28% N/A -30.00%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation and Pedevco Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation 0 1 11 1 3.00
Pedevco Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 60.90%. Given Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation is more favorable than Pedevco Corp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation beats Pedevco Corp on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation

WildHorse Resource Development Corporation is a holding company. The Company is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, exploitation, exploration and development of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) resources in the United States. Its assets are characterized by concentrated acreage positions in Southeast Texas and North Louisiana with multiple producing stratigraphic horizons, or stacked pay zones, and single-well rates of return. In Southeast Texas, it operates in Burleson, Lee and Washington Counties where it primarily targets the Eagle Ford Shale (Eagle Ford Acreage), which is an active shale trends in North America. In North Louisiana, the Company operates in and around the Terryville Complex, where it primarily targets the overpressured Cotton Valley play (North Louisiana Acreage). The Company’s subsidiaries include WildHorse Resources II, LLC (WildHorse) and Esquisto and Acquisition Co.

About Pedevco Corp

PEDEVCO Corp. is an energy company, which is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas shale plays in the Denver-Julesberg Basin (D-J Basin) in Colorado. The D-J Basin contains hydrocarbon bearing deposits in several formations, including the Niobrara, Codell, Greenhorn, Shannon, J-Sand and D-Sand. The Company’s operating properties are located in the Wattenberg, Wattenberg Extension and Niobrara formation in the D-J Basin. It holds over 16,160 net D-J Basin acres located in Weld and Morgan Counties, Colorado through its subsidiary, Red Hawk Petroleum, LLC, which acreage is located in the Wattenberg and Wattenberg Extension areas of the D-J Basin that it refers to as D-J Basin Asset. It holds interest in Caspian Energy, Inc., which holds a working interest in production and exploration licenses for an oil and gas producing asset, which covers an area of approximately 380,000 acres and is located in the Pre-Caspian Basin in Kazakhstan.

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