Extraction Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:XOG) and Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ:BRY) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Extraction Oil & Gas and Berry Petroleum’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Extraction Oil & Gas $604.30 million 1.40 -$44.40 million $0.03 160.00
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Berry Petroleum has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Extraction Oil & Gas.

Dividends

Berry Petroleum pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Extraction Oil & Gas does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Extraction Oil & Gas and Berry Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Extraction Oil & Gas -0.87% 2.07% 0.91%
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Extraction Oil & Gas and Berry Petroleum, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Extraction Oil & Gas 1 5 5 0 2.36
Berry Petroleum 0 2 8 0 2.80

Extraction Oil & Gas presently has a consensus price target of $14.90, indicating a potential upside of 210.42%. Berry Petroleum has a consensus price target of $17.57, indicating a potential upside of 70.93%. Given Extraction Oil & Gas’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Extraction Oil & Gas is more favorable than Berry Petroleum.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.2% of Extraction Oil & Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of Berry Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.9% of Extraction Oil & Gas shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Berry Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Extraction Oil & Gas beats Berry Petroleum on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Extraction Oil & Gas Company Profile

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, focuses on the acquisition, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquid reserves in the Rocky Mountain region, primarily in the Wattenberg Field of the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin of Colorado. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 171,400 net acres of contiguous acreage blocks in the productive areas of the DJ Basin; held approximately 183,300 net acres outside of the Core DJ Basin; had estimated proved reserves of approximately 292.7 MMBoe; and had 1,300 gross producing wells. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Berry Petroleum Company Profile

Berry Petroleum Company, LLC., formerly Berry Petroleum Company, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the production, development, exploitation, and acquisition of oil and natural gas. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in California (South Midway-Sunset (SMWSS)-Steam Floods, North Midway-Sunset (NMWSS)-Diatomite, NMWSS-New Steam Floods, Texas (Permian and E. Texas), Utah (Uinta) and Colorado (Piceance). The Company’s operations are conducted in the continental United States. In December 2013, Linn Energy LLC and Linn Co, LLC (Linn Co) announced the completion of the merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company (Berry), where LinnCo had acquired all of Berry’s interest.

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