Isramco (NASDAQ: ISRL) and Qep Resources (NYSE:QEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Isramco has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qep Resources has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.8% of Isramco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.3% of Qep Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 73.3% of Isramco shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Qep Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Isramco and Qep Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Isramco $65.95 million 4.14 -$24.31 million N/A N/A
Qep Resources $1.62 billion 1.91 $269.30 million $0.77 16.91

Qep Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Isramco.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Isramco and Qep Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Isramco 0 0 0 0 N/A
Qep Resources 1 7 8 0 2.44

Qep Resources has a consensus price target of $12.73, suggesting a potential downside of 2.20%. Given Qep Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Qep Resources is more favorable than Isramco.


This table compares Isramco and Qep Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Isramco -32.71% -276.37% 11.78%
Qep Resources 8.51% 4.66% 2.32%


Qep Resources beats Isramco on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Isramco

Isramco, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties located onshore in the United States and offshore Israel. It operates in two segments, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; and Production Services. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment owns working interests in oil and gas wells in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado; and operates approximately 422 producing wells located primarily in Texas and New Mexico. It also has overriding royalty interests in the Tamar Field located in offshore Israel. This segment sells its oil and natural gas to independent marketers, oil and natural gas companies, and gas pipeline companies. The Production Services segment operates a fleet of production servicing rigs and trucks that provide a range of production services, including completion of newly-drilled wells; maintenance and workover of existing wells; fluid transportation; and related oilfield services, as well as plugging and abandonment of wells to oil and gas exploration and production companies. As of December 31, 2017, the company had estimated total proved oil, natural gas reserves, and natural gas liquids, which include approximately 38,653 thousand barrels (MBbls) of oil equivalent comprising 1,765 MBbls of oil; 216,451 million cubic feet of natural gas; and 813 MBbls of natural gas liquids, as well as 33 production servicing rigs primarily in Texas and New Mexico. Isramco, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Houston, Texas.

About Qep Resources

QEP Resources, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company in the United States. The company conducts exploration and production activities in the Permian Basin in western Texas, Williston Basin in North Dakota, Haynesville/Cotton Valley in northwestern Louisiana, Uinta Basin in eastern Utah, and other proven properties in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 684.7 MMboe. The company sells its gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGL) to various customers, including wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies, utilities, and other companies. In addition, it operates an underground gas storage facility. QEP Resources, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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