Head to Head Survey: Bellatrix Exploration (BXE) & Crescent Point Energy (CPG)

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) and Crescent Point Energy (NYSE:CPG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Crescent Point Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $192.30 million 0.31 -$70.47 million ($1.37) -0.64
Crescent Point Energy $2.55 billion 1.11 -$95.65 million $0.14 36.71



Bellatrix Exploration has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Crescent Point Energy. Bellatrix Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crescent Point Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Crescent Point Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Bellatrix Exploration does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy pays out 200.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Bellatrix Exploration and Crescent Point Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 4 1 1 0 1.50
Crescent Point Energy 0 3 2 0 2.40

Bellatrix Exploration presently has a consensus price target of $2.88, suggesting a potential upside of 227.32%. Crescent Point Energy has a consensus price target of $16.25, suggesting a potential upside of 216.15%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than Crescent Point Energy.

Volatility and Risk

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crescent Point Energy has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Crescent Point Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -34.37% -8.97% -5.18%
Crescent Point Energy -7.36% 2.36% 1.32%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.7% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.0% of Crescent Point Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Crescent Point Energy beats Bellatrix Exploration on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bellatrix Exploration

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.

About Crescent Point Energy

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada..

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