Callon Petroleum (NYSE: RRC) and Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Callon Petroleum and Range Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Callon Petroleum 0 3 15 0 2.83
Range Resources 2 12 12 0 2.38

Callon Petroleum currently has a consensus price target of $16.35, indicating a potential upside of 41.58%. Range Resources has a consensus price target of $22.02, indicating a potential upside of 33.72%. Given Callon Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Callon Petroleum is more favorable than Range Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.5% of Range Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Callon Petroleum shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Range Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Callon Petroleum has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Range Resources has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Range Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Callon Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Range Resources pays out 13.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Callon Petroleum and Range Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Callon Petroleum 31.27% 7.25% 4.88%
Range Resources 2.46% 4.00% 1.95%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Callon Petroleum and Range Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Callon Petroleum $366.47 million 7.17 $120.42 million $0.42 27.50
Range Resources $2.61 billion 1.57 $333.14 million $0.58 28.40

Range Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Callon Petroleum. Callon Petroleum is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Range Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Callon Petroleum beats Range Resources on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Callon Petroleum

Callon Petroleum Company, an independent oil and natural gas company, focuses on the acquisition, development, exploration, and exploitation of unconventional onshore, oil, and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2017, its estimated net proved reserves totaled 137.0 million barrel of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Natchez, Mississippi.

About Range Resources

Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company. It engages in the exploration, development, and acquisition of natural gas and oil properties. It holds interests in developed and undeveloped natural gas and oil leases in the Appalachian and North Louisiana regions of the United States. The company owns 4,554 net producing wells and approximately 945,000 acres under lease in the Appalachian region; 415 net producing wells and approximately 233,000 net acres under lease in the North Louisiana region; and 151 net producing wells and approximately 195,000 net acres under lease in the Nemaha Uplift of Northern Oklahoma. It markets and sells natural gas to utilities, marketing and midstream companies, and industrial users; petrochemical end users, NGL distributors, and natural gas processors; and oil and condensate to crude oil processors, transporters, and refining and marketing companies. The company was formerly known as Lomak Petroleum, Inc. and changed its name to Range Resources Corporation in 1998. Range Resources Corporation founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

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