Contrasting Bellatrix Exploration (OTCMKTS:BXEFD) & Ecopetrol (OTCMKTS:EC)

Bellatrix Exploration (OTCMKTS:BXEFD) and Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Bellatrix Exploration and Ecopetrol, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 1 0 0 0 1.00
Ecopetrol 0 4 2 0 2.33



Ecopetrol has a consensus target price of $20.10, suggesting a potential upside of 14.86%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Ecopetrol’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $176.47 million 0.00 -$112.90 million ($22.69) N/A
Ecopetrol $21.61 billion 1.66 $18.21 billion $1.74 10.06

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

Volatility and Risk

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecopetrol has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -66.96% -20.92% -11.78%
Ecopetrol 16.07% 10.57% 4.76%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.2% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of Ecopetrol shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Dividends

Ecopetrol pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Bellatrix Exploration does not pay a dividend. Ecopetrol pays out 55.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Ecopetrol beats Bellatrix Exploration on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 west central 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.

Ecopetrol Company Profile

Ecopetrol S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company. The company operates through three segments: Exploration and Production; Transport and Logistics; and Refining, Petrochemical, and Biofuels. It produces crude oil and gas; and engages in the extraction, collection, treatment, storage, commercialization, and pumping. The company has 9,071 kilometers of transportation pipeline systems. It also transports and distributes hydrocarbons, derivatives, and products. In addition, the company produces and markets polypropylene resin, compounds, and masterbatches; and offers refined and petrochemical products, as well as industrial service sales to customers. The company was formerly known as Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos and changed its name to Ecopetrol S.A. in June 2003. Ecopetrol S.A. was founded in 1948 and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.

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