Ultra Petroleum (NASDAQ:UPL) and Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ultra Petroleum and Bellatrix Exploration, as provided by MarketBeat.
Ultra Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential downside of 29.08%. Bellatrix Exploration has a consensus target price of $3.41, suggesting a potential upside of 213.07%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than Ultra Petroleum.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Ultra Petroleum and Bellatrix Exploration’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
Ultra Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than Bellatrix Exploration. Bellatrix Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ultra Petroleum, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
Ultra Petroleum has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
90.6% of Ultra Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.3% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Ultra Petroleum and Bellatrix Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
Ultra Petroleum beats Bellatrix Exploration on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Ultra Petroleum Company Profile
Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, operation, and production of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal business activities are developing its natural gas reserves in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming?the Pinedale and Jonah fields; and its oil reserves in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned interests in approximately 112,000 gross acres in Wyoming. It also owns approximately 8,000 net acres in the Uinta Basin in Utah. The company was founded in 1979 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.