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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cardinal Energy Group and SilverBow Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cardinal Energy Group $247,881.00 7.54 -$732,086.00 N/A N/A
SilverBow Resources $179.00 million 1.46 $94.64 million N/A N/A

SilverBow Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Cardinal Energy Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

31.0% of SilverBow Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of Cardinal Energy Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cardinal Energy Group and SilverBow Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cardinal Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
SilverBow Resources 0 1 1 0 2.50

SilverBow Resources has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.47%. Given SilverBow Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than Cardinal Energy Group.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cardinal Energy Group N/A N/A N/A
SilverBow Resources 16.06% 24.48% 6.47%

Summary

SilverBow Resources beats Cardinal Energy Group on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cardinal Energy Group Company Profile

Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. is engaged in the business of acquiring, developing and operating oil and gas leases. These operations are primarily focused on properties in which it holds a leasehold interest. The Company owns interests in oil and gas leases located in the north-central section of Texas. It holds approximately 85% working interest in the Dawson-Conway leases located in Shackelford County, Texas. The property consists of approximately 41 wells on over 618 acres. It holds approximately 100% working interest in the Powers-Sanders lease located in Shackelford County, Texas. The property consists of approximately 385 acres and over five producing oil wells. It holds approximately 100% working interest in the Stroebel-Broyles leases located in Eastland County, Texas. It holds approximately 43.75% working interest in the Fortune prospect located in Shackelford County, Texas. It holds over 100% working interest in the Bradford West lease.

SilverBow Resources Company Profile

SilverBow Resources is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. With almost 30 years of history operating in South Texas, the Company possesses a significant understanding of regional reservoirs which they leverage to assemble drilling inventory.

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