Enquest (OTCMKTS:ENQUF) and Continental (OTCMKTS:CTTAY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Enquest and Continental’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enquest $798.12 million 0.59 N/A N/A N/A
Continental $49.74 billion 0.63 $3.37 billion $3.37 9.23

Continental has higher revenue and earnings than Enquest.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Continental shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Continental pays an annual dividend of $0.77 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Enquest does not pay a dividend. Continental pays out 22.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Enquest and Continental, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enquest 0 0 0 0 N/A
Continental 1 3 3 0 2.29

Profitability

This table compares Enquest and Continental’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enquest N/A N/A N/A
Continental 6.87% 18.64% 8.05%

Risk & Volatility

Enquest has a beta of 4.66, indicating that its stock price is 366% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Continental has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Continental beats Enquest on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enquest Company Profile

EnQuest PLC, an oil and gas development and production company, together with its subsidiaries, explores for, extracts, and produces hydrocarbons in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf and Malaysia. The company operates through North Sea and Malaysia segments. It primarily holds interests in the Thistle/Deveron, Heather/Broom, the Dons area, Magnus, the Greater Kittiwake Area, Scolty/Crathes, and Alma/Galia; and in the Kraken development, and a non-operated interest in the Alba producing oil field, as well as the PM8/Seligi production sharing contract and the Tanjong Baram risk services contract in Malaysia. The company also holds interests in 25 production licenses; and operates 23 licenses. As of December 31, 2017, it had proved and probable reserves of 210 million barrels of oil equivalents. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing; construction, ownership, and operation of an oil pipeline; and marketing and trading of crude oil. EnQuest PLC was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Continental Company Profile

Continental Aktiengesellschaft provides products and services primarily for the automotive industry worldwide. It operates through Chassis&Safety, Powertrain, Interior, Tires, and ContiTech segments. The Chassis&Safety segment develops, produces, and markets intelligent systems to enhance driving safety and vehicle dynamics. This segment offers advanced driver assistance systems, hydraulic brake systems, passive safety and sensoric products, and vehicle dynamics products. The Powertrain segment provides engine systems, fuel and exhaust management systems, hybrid electric vehicles, sensors and actuators, and transmission products. The Interior segment develops and produces information, communication, and network solutions for cars and commercial vehicles, such as body and security, commercial vehicle and aftermarket, infotainment and connectivity, instrumentation and driver HMI, and intelligent transportation systems. The Tires segment provides passenger and light truck equipment, commercial vehicle, and two-wheel tires for use in vehicle manufacture and replacement businesses. The ContiTech segment develops, manufactures, and markets functional parts, and intelligent components and systems made of rubber, plastic, metal, and fabric for the machine and plant engineering, mining, agriculture, automotive, and other industries. This segment provides air spring systems, industrial fluid solutions, mobile fluid systems, and vibration control products, as well as conveyor belts and power transmission products. It also offers design, functional, foam, and compact foils, as well as artificial leather for the furniture and construction industries, as well as automotive sector. The company also provides engineering, business consulting, and fleet services. Continental Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Hanover, Germany.

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