Eclipse Resources (NYSE:ECR) and Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Eclipse Resources and Enerplus, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eclipse Resources 1 2 2 0 2.20
Enerplus 0 1 3 0 2.75

Eclipse Resources presently has a consensus target price of $1.85, suggesting a potential downside of 87.01%. Enerplus has a consensus target price of $19.50, suggesting a potential upside of 114.52%. Given Enerplus’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Enerplus is more favorable than Eclipse Resources.


This table compares Eclipse Resources and Enerplus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eclipse Resources -6.87% 3.24% 1.50%
Enerplus 32.58% 12.78% 7.64%


Enerplus pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Eclipse Resources does not pay a dividend. Enerplus pays out 8.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Eclipse Resources and Enerplus’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eclipse Resources $383.66 million 11.23 $8.52 million N/A N/A
Enerplus $997.46 million 2.17 $291.84 million $1.09 8.34

Enerplus has higher revenue and earnings than Eclipse Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.3% of Eclipse Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.5% of Enerplus shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Eclipse Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Eclipse Resources has a beta of 2.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enerplus has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Enerplus beats Eclipse Resources on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eclipse Resources Company Profile

Eclipse Resources Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, acquires and develops oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The company holds interests in the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale areas. As of December 31, 2017, it had an acreage position approximately covering an area of 203,000 net acres in Eastern Ohio. The company's estimated proved reserves were 1,458.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. Eclipse Resources Corporation was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania.

Enerplus Company Profile

Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States and Canada. The company's oil and natural gas properties are located primarily in North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Pennsylvania; and Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. As of December 31, 2018, it had proved plus probable gross reserves of approximately 12.7 million barrels (MMbbls) of light and medium crude oil; 28.4 MMbbls of heavy crude oil; 167.2 MMbbls of tight oil; 21.1 MMbbls of natural gas liquids; 41.1 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of conventional natural gas; and 1,149.5 Bcf of shale gas. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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