Blue Dolphin Energy (OTCMKTS:BDCO) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Blue Dolphin Energy and Southwestern Energy, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Dolphin Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Southwestern Energy 6 13 2 0 1.81

Southwestern Energy has a consensus target price of $5.79, suggesting a potential downside of 0.57%. Given Southwestern Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Southwestern Energy is more favorable than Blue Dolphin Energy.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Blue Dolphin Energy and Southwestern Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Dolphin Energy $258.45 million 0.04 -$22.32 million N/A N/A
Southwestern Energy $3.20 billion 1.06 $1.05 billion $0.44 13.23

Southwestern Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Dolphin Energy.

Volatility and Risk

Blue Dolphin Energy has a beta of 1.79, suggesting that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southwestern Energy has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Blue Dolphin Energy and Southwestern Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Dolphin Energy 2.13% -143.63% 8.98%
Southwestern Energy 14.22% 22.07% 6.49%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Southwestern Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 81.5% of Blue Dolphin Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Southwestern Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Southwestern Energy beats Blue Dolphin Energy on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blue Dolphin Energy

Blue Dolphin Energy Company operates as an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States. The company produces finished products, including jet fuel, as well as intermediate products, such as naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas, atmospheric gas oil, and heavy oil-based mud blendstock; and conducts petroleum storage and terminaling operations under third party lease agreements at the Nixon facility. It also provides pipeline transportation services comprising gathering and transportation of oil and natural gas for producers/shippers operating offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Blue Dolphin Energy Company holds leasehold interests in the High Island Block 115; Galveston Area Block 321; and High Island Block 37. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Blue Dolphin Energy Company is a subsidiary of Lazarus Energy Holdings, LLC.

About Southwestern Energy

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. It operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The company focuses on the Marcellus Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 191,226 net acres in Northeast Appalachia; Marcellus Shale, Utica, and Upper Devonian unconventional natural gas and oil reservoirs covering approximately 290,291 net acres in Southwest Appalachia; and the Fayetteville Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 917,842 net acres in Arkansas. It also holds interest in properties located in Colorado and Louisiana. In addition, the company engages in gathering, marketing, and transporting natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). As of December 31, 2017, it had a pipeline of 2,045 miles and 16 miles in Louisiana in its gathering systems. The company's estimated proved natural gas, oil, and NGLs reserves comprise 14,775 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Bcfe); and 6,855 Bcfe of proved undeveloped reserves. Southwestern Energy Company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Spring, Texas.

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