Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR) and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Antero Resources Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Antero Resources Corporation 0 11 12 1 2.58
Chesapeake Energy Corporation 4 12 5 0 2.05

Antero Resources Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $27.78, suggesting a potential upside of 47.60%. Chesapeake Energy Corporation has a consensus price target of $5.81, suggesting a potential upside of 50.31%. Given Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Chesapeake Energy Corporation is more favorable than Antero Resources Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

Antero Resources Corporation has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chesapeake Energy Corporation has a beta of 2.18, meaning that its stock price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Antero Resources Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Antero Resources Corporation -12.82% 0.78% 0.43%
Chesapeake Energy Corporation 2.77% -19.93% 4.34%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Antero Resources Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Antero Resources Corporation $1.74 billion 3.41 -$848.81 million ($1.14) -16.51
Chesapeake Energy Corporation $7.87 billion 0.45 -$4.40 billion ($0.58) -6.66

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.2% of Antero Resources Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of Chesapeake Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of Antero Resources Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Chesapeake Energy Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Antero Resources Corporation beats Chesapeake Energy Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Antero Resources Corporation

Antero Resources Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and oil properties located in the Appalachian Basin. The Company’s segments include the exploration, development and production of natural gas, NGLs and oil; gathering and processing; water handling and treatment, and marketing of excess firm transportation capacity. The Company’s subsidiary, Antero Midstream Partners LP (Antero Midstream) is a master limited partnership, which owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure primarily to service its production and completion activity. Its exploration and development activities are supported by the natural gas gathering and compression assets of its subsidiary, Antero Midstream, as well as by third party gathering and compression arrangements. It also has access to additional low-pressure and high-pressure pipelines.

About Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation produces natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) in the United States. It operates in two segments: Exploration and Production, and Marketing, Gathering and Compression. Exploration and production is engaged in finding and producing oil, natural gas and NGL. Marketing, gathering and compression is engaged in marketing, gathering and compression of oil, natural gas and NGL. As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in approximately 22,700 oil and natural gas wells. It has a diverse resource base of onshore the United States unconventional natural gas and liquids assets. It has positions in resource plays of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Utica Shale in Ohio, the Anadarko Basin in northwestern Oklahoma and the stacked pay in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Its natural gas resource plays are the Haynesville/Bossier Shales in northwestern Louisiana and East Texas and the Marcellus Shale in the northern Appalachian Basin in Pennsylvania.

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