Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE:CNQ) and Whiting USA Trust II (OTCMKTS:WHZT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Canadian Natural Resources and Whiting USA Trust II’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Canadian Natural Resources $17.19 billion 1.90 $2.00 billion $2.15 12.85
Whiting USA Trust II $18.92 million 0.38 $18.11 million N/A N/A

Canadian Natural Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Whiting USA Trust II.

Risk and Volatility

Canadian Natural Resources has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whiting USA Trust II has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Canadian Natural Resources and Whiting USA Trust II’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Canadian Natural Resources 18.37% 7.87% 3.46%
Whiting USA Trust II 28.25% 107.45% 105.27%

Dividends

Canadian Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $1.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Whiting USA Trust II pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 64.1%. Canadian Natural Resources pays out 52.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.6% of Canadian Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Canadian Natural Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Canadian Natural Resources and Whiting USA Trust II, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Canadian Natural Resources 1 5 13 0 2.63
Whiting USA Trust II 0 0 0 0 N/A

Canadian Natural Resources presently has a consensus target price of $40.76, indicating a potential upside of 47.52%. Given Canadian Natural Resources’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Canadian Natural Resources is more favorable than Whiting USA Trust II.

Summary

Canadian Natural Resources beats Whiting USA Trust II on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Canadian Natural Resources Company Profile

Canadian Natural Resources Limited explores for, develops, produces, and markets crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company offers synthetic crude oil (SCO), light and medium crude oil, bitumen (thermal oil), primary heavy crude oil, and Pelican Lake heavy crude oil. Its midstream assets include two crude oil pipeline systems; and a 50% working interest in an 84-megawatt cogeneration plant at Primrose. As of December 31, 2017, the company's gross proved crude oil, bitumen, SCO, and NGLs reserves totaled 8,784 million barrels; gross proved plus probable crude oil, bitumen, SCO, and NGLs reserves totaled 11,760 million barrels; proved natural gas reserves totaled 6,652 billion cubic feet; and gross proved plus probable natural gas reserves totaled 9,734 billion cubic feet. It operates primarily in Western Canada; the United Kingdom portion of the North Sea; and Offshore Africa. The company was formerly known as AEX Minerals Corporation and changed its name to Canadian Natural Resources Limited in December 1975. Canadian Natural Resources Limited was incorporated in 1973 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Whiting USA Trust II Company Profile

Whiting USA Trust II holds a term net profits interest in the oil and gas producing properties located in the Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains, Gulf Coast, and Mid-Continent regions. As of December 31, 2018, its oil and gas properties included interests in approximately 367.8 net producing oil and natural gas wells located in 46 predominately mature fields with established production profiles in 10 states. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Houston, Texas. Whiting USA Trust II is a subsidiary of Whiting Petroleum Corporation.

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