Antero Resources (NYSE: AR) and EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.0% of Antero Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.6% of EOG Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of Antero Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of EOG Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Antero Resources and EOG Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Antero Resources $3.66 billion 1.64 $615.07 million $3.29 5.75
EOG Resources $7.65 billion 8.14 -$1.10 billion $0.01 10,764.00

Antero Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EOG Resources. Antero Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EOG Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Antero Resources has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EOG Resources has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.


EOG Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.67 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Antero Resources does not pay a dividend. EOG Resources pays out 6,700.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


This table compares Antero Resources and EOG Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Antero Resources 16.83% 0.83% 0.47%
EOG Resources 0.10% 1.73% 0.82%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Antero Resources and EOG Resources, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Antero Resources 0 11 10 0 2.48
EOG Resources 0 7 18 0 2.72

Antero Resources currently has a consensus price target of $25.47, indicating a potential upside of 34.55%. EOG Resources has a consensus price target of $116.22, indicating a potential upside of 7.97%. Given Antero Resources’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Antero Resources is more favorable than EOG Resources.


EOG Resources beats Antero Resources on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Antero Resources

Antero Resources Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and oil properties located in the Appalachian Basin. The Company’s segments include the exploration, development and production of natural gas, NGLs and oil; gathering and processing; water handling and treatment, and marketing of excess firm transportation capacity. The Company’s subsidiary, Antero Midstream Partners LP (Antero Midstream) is a master limited partnership, which owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure primarily to service its production and completion activity. Its exploration and development activities are supported by the natural gas gathering and compression assets of its subsidiary, Antero Midstream, as well as by third party gathering and compression arrangements. It also has access to additional low-pressure and high-pressure pipelines.

About EOG Resources

EOG Resources, Inc. explores for, develops, produces and markets crude oil and natural gas in major producing basins in the United States, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, The People’s Republic of China, Canada and, from time to time, select other international areas. Its operations are all crude oil and natural gas exploration and production related. As of December 31, 2016, its total estimated net proved reserves were over 2,147 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), of which over 1178 million barrels (MMBbl) were crude oil and condensate reserves, over 416 MMBbl were natural gas liquids reserves and over 3318 billion cubic feet, or 553 MMBoe, were natural gas reserves. Its operations are focused in the productive basins in the United States with a focus on crude oil and, to a lesser extent, liquids-rich natural gas plays. It has operations offshore Trinidad, in the United Kingdom East Irish Sea, in the China Sichuan Basin and in Canada.

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