Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) and Mid-Con Energy Partners (NASDAQ:MCEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.3% of Newfield Exploration shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.3% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Newfield Exploration shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Mid-Con Energy Partners shares are owned by company 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.

Risk & Volatility

Newfield Exploration has a beta of 1.65, suggesting that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mid-Con Energy Partners has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Newfield Exploration and Mid-Con Energy Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newfield Exploration 0 15 10 0 2.40
Mid-Con Energy Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00

Newfield Exploration presently has a consensus target price of $35.85, indicating a potential upside of 85.37%. Mid-Con Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $0.90, indicating a potential downside of 19.35%. Given Newfield Exploration’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Newfield Exploration is more favorable than Mid-Con Energy Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Newfield Exploration and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newfield Exploration 21.14% 43.65% 13.21%
Mid-Con Energy Partners -69.81% -28.43% -8.49%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Newfield Exploration and Mid-Con Energy Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newfield Exploration $1.77 billion 2.19 $427.00 million $2.15 9.00
Mid-Con Energy Partners $56.98 million 0.60 -$27.33 million N/A N/A

Newfield Exploration has higher revenue and earnings than Mid-Con Energy Partners.

Summary

Newfield Exploration beats Mid-Con Energy Partners on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Newfield Exploration Company Profile

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company has operations principally in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, and the Uinta Basin of Utah. It also holds oil producing assets offshore China. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Mid-Con Energy Partners Company Profile

Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP engages in the ownership, acquisition, and development of producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company's properties are primarily located in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin regions of the United States in Oklahoma and Texas. As of December 31, 2017, its total estimated proved reserves of approximately 19.6 million barrel of oil equivalent. Mid-Con Energy GP, LLC serves as the general partner of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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