Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG) and Athlon Energy (NYSE:ATHL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Bill Barrett Corporation and Athlon Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bill Barrett Corporation 1 6 6 0 2.38
Athlon Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Bill Barrett Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.38, indicating a potential downside of 4.99%. Given Bill Barrett Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Bill Barrett Corporation is more favorable than Athlon Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Bill Barrett Corporation and Athlon Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bill Barrett Corporation -49.61% -7.59% -3.05%
Athlon Energy N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bill Barrett Corporation and Athlon Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bill Barrett Corporation $178.82 million 2.86 -$170.37 million ($1.61) -4.17
Athlon Energy N/A N/A N/A $0.57 102.61

Athlon Energy has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bill Barrett Corporation. Bill Barrett Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Athlon Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of Bill Barrett Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Bill Barrett Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Bill Barrett Corporation beats Athlon Energy on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bill Barrett Corporation Company Profile

Bill Barrett Corporation is an independent energy company that develops, acquires and explores for oil and natural gas resources. The Company’s assets and operations are located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. It has over two areas of production: The Denver-Julesburg Basin (DJ Basin) and the Uinta Oil Program in the Uinta Basin. Its acreage positions in the DJ Basin are located in Colorado’s eastern plains and parts of southeastern Wyoming. It had interests in 299 gross producing wells and served as an operator in 202 gross wells, as of December 31, 2016. The Uinta Basin is located in northeastern Utah. Uinta Basin’s estimated proved reserves are 21.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Uinta Basin has interests in approximately 240 gross producing wells. The Company serves as an operator in over 170 gross wells. The Uinta Oil Program includes over three areas of development located in the basin referred as Blacktail Ridge, Lake Canyon and East Bluebell.

Athlon Energy Company Profile

Athlon Energy Inc., is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is a holding company and its sole assets are controlling equity interests in Athlon Holdings LP and its subsidiaries. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and exploitation of unconventional oil and liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin spans portions of Texas and New Mexico and consists of three primary sub-basins: the Delaware Basin, the Central Basin Platform and the Midland Basin. The Company’s properties are located in the Midland Basin. In February 2014, Athlon Energy Inc announced that subsidiary, Athlon Holdings LP completed the acquisition of certain oil and natural gas properties and related assets in the Midland Basin of West Texas.

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