Wildhorse Resource Development (NYSE:WRD) and Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.7% of Wildhorse Resource Development shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Wildhorse Resource Development shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Wildhorse Resource Development and Bellatrix Exploration’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wildhorse Resource Development $427.19 million 4.05 $49.88 million $0.43 39.47
Bellatrix Exploration $192.30 million 0.19 -$70.47 million ($1.37) -0.33

Wildhorse Resource Development has higher revenue and earnings than Bellatrix Exploration. Bellatrix Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Wildhorse Resource Development, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Wildhorse Resource Development has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Wildhorse Resource Development and Bellatrix Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wildhorse Resource Development -11.80% 14.16% 5.28%
Bellatrix Exploration -30.29% -8.74% -5.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Wildhorse Resource Development and Bellatrix Exploration, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wildhorse Resource Development 0 2 6 0 2.75
Bellatrix Exploration 1 1 0 0 1.50

Wildhorse Resource Development presently has a consensus target price of $32.83, indicating a potential upside of 93.48%. Bellatrix Exploration has a consensus target price of $0.25, indicating a potential downside of 44.44%. Given Wildhorse Resource Development’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Wildhorse Resource Development is more favorable than Bellatrix Exploration.

Summary

Wildhorse Resource Development beats Bellatrix Exploration on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Wildhorse Resource Development Company Profile

WildHorse Resource Development Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, focuses on the acquisition, exploitation, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquid resources. The company primarily holds interests in the Eagle Ford Shale in East Texas and the overpressured Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. As of December 31, 2017, it had a total leasehold position of approximately 387,091 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale and 90,062 net acres in overpressured Cotton Valley formation, as well as 454.3 million barrels of oil equivalent of total proved reserves. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Bellatrix Exploration Company Profile

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan in Canada. It primarily focuses on developing its two core resource plays, the Cardium and the Spirit River in Western Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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