Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and Amplify Energy (OTCMKTS:AMPY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Marathon Oil and Amplify Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Oil $4.77 billion 2.90 -$5.72 billion ($0.38) -43.82
Amplify Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Amplify Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Marathon Oil.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Marathon Oil and Amplify Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Oil 0 5 14 0 2.74
Amplify Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Marathon Oil presently has a consensus target price of $23.91, indicating a potential upside of 42.09%. Given Marathon Oil’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Marathon Oil is more favorable than Amplify Energy.


Marathon Oil pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Amplify Energy does not pay a dividend. Marathon Oil pays out -52.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Marathon Oil and Amplify Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Oil 10.94% 4.47% 2.46%
Amplify Energy N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.2% of Marathon Oil shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Marathon Oil shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Marathon Oil beats Amplify Energy on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Marathon Oil Company Profile

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company in the United States, Equatorial Guinea, the United Kingdom, and Libya. It operates in two segments, United States E&P and International E&P. The company engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas; and the production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved developed reserves totaling 903 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe); and estimated proved undeveloped reserves totaling 546 mmboe. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Amplify Energy Company Profile

Amplify Energy Corp., through its subsidiary, Amplify Energy Operating LLC, engages in the acquisition, development, exploitation, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The company's properties consist of operated and non-operated working interests in producing and undeveloped leasehold acreage, as well as working interests in identified producing wells located in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and offshore Southern California. As of December 31, 2017, it had total estimated proved reserves of approximately 989.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent; and 2,547 gross wells. The company was formerly known as Memorial Production Partners LP and changed its name to Amplify Energy Corp. in May 2017. Amplify Energy Corp. was founded in 2011 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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