U.S. Energy (NASDAQ:USEG) and EXCO Resources (OTCMKTS:XCOOQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
3.4% of U.S. Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of U.S. Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of EXCO Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares U.S. Energy and EXCO Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk and Volatility
U.S. Energy has a beta of 0.1, suggesting that its stock price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EXCO Resources has a beta of 4.98, suggesting that its stock price is 398% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares U.S. Energy and EXCO Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|U.S. Energy||$6.55 million||0.97||-$1.36 million||N/A||N/A|
|EXCO Resources||$394.03 million||0.00||-$182.70 million||N/A||N/A|
U.S. Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EXCO Resources.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for U.S. Energy and EXCO Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
U.S. Energy beats EXCO Resources on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
U.S. Energy Company Profile
U.S. Energy Corp., an independent energy company, focuses on the acquisition and development of oil and gas producing properties in the continental United States. It holds interests in various oil and gas projects in Williston Basin of North Dakota; Dimmit County of Texas; and Coastal Louisiana. As of December 31, 2017, the company had estimated proved reserves of 824,115 barrels of oil equivalent. It has interests in oil and gas leases covering 4,744 net acres; and 13.89 net producing wells. The company was founded in 1966 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
EXCO Resources Company Profile
EXCO Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of onshore oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays in the United States. The company holds interests in approximately 96,600 net acres located in the Haynesville and Bossier shales of East Texas and North Louisiana; approximately 48,500 net acres located in the Eagle Ford shale of South Texas; and approximately 234,800 net acres of prospective area located in the Marcellus shale, as well as approximately 69,000 net acres of prospective area located in the Utica shale of the Appalachia region. As of December 31, 2018, it had proved reserves of approximately 660.6 billion cubic feet equivalent of oil and natural gas. The company was founded in 1955 and is based in Dallas, Texas. On January 15, 2018, EXCO Resources, Inc., along with its affiliates, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
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