Reviewing SilverBow Resources (NYSE:SBOW) & WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX)

SilverBow Resources (NYSE:SBOW) and WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

SilverBow Resources has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WPX Energy has a beta of 2.26, indicating that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500.



Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.8% of SilverBow Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.6% of WPX Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of SilverBow Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of WPX Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SilverBow Resources and WPX Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SilverBow Resources $257.29 million 0.38 $74.61 million $6.34 1.32
WPX Energy $2.31 billion 1.89 $151.00 million $0.09 114.89

WPX Energy has higher revenue and earnings than SilverBow Resources. SilverBow Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WPX Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares SilverBow Resources and WPX Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SilverBow Resources 48.20% 50.63% 18.06%
WPX Energy 23.59% 2.28% 1.17%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SilverBow Resources and WPX Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SilverBow Resources 0 1 1 0 2.50
WPX Energy 0 1 22 0 2.96

SilverBow Resources currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 293.79%. WPX Energy has a consensus price target of $19.76, indicating a potential upside of 91.11%. Given SilverBow Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than WPX Energy.

Summary

WPX Energy beats SilverBow Resources on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SilverBow Resources

SilverBow Resources, Inc., an energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. As of December 31, 2018, it had proved reserves of 1,345 MMcfe. The company was formerly known as Swift Energy Company and changed its name to SilverBow Resources, Inc. in May 2017. SilverBow Resources, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About WPX Energy

WPX Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, engages in the exploitation and development of unconventional properties in the United States. The company operates 657 wells and owns interests in 808 wells covering an area of approximately 130,000 net acres located in Delaware Basin, Texas and New Mexico; and operates 323 wells and owns interests in 87 wells that covers an area of approximately 85,087 net acres situated in the Williston Basin, North Dakota. As of December 31, 2018, it had proved reserves of 479.3 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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