Analyzing HighPeak Energy (NASDAQ:HPK) and Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP)

HighPeak Energy (NASDAQ:HPK) and Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for HighPeak Energy and Helmerich & Payne, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HighPeak Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Helmerich & Payne 6 6 8 0 2.10

Helmerich & Payne has a consensus price target of $24.12, suggesting a potential downside of 26.16%. Given Helmerich & Payne’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Helmerich & Payne is more favorable than HighPeak Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.2% of HighPeak Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.6% of Helmerich & Payne shares are owned by institutional investors. 89.6% of HighPeak Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Helmerich & Payne shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

HighPeak Energy has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Helmerich & Payne has a beta of 2.24, suggesting that its share price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares HighPeak Energy and Helmerich & Payne’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HighPeak Energy N/A -3.30% -2.82%
Helmerich & Payne -27.71% -8.15% -5.55%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares HighPeak Energy and Helmerich & Payne’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HighPeak Energy $24.62 million 36.55 -$101.46 million N/A N/A
Helmerich & Payne $1.77 billion 1.99 -$494.50 million ($0.86) -37.98

HighPeak Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Helmerich & Payne.

Summary

HighPeak Energy beats Helmerich & Payne on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HighPeak Energy

HighPeak Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids reserves in the Midland Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2020, the company had approximately 22,515 MBoe of proved reserves. HighPeak Energy, Inc. was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Helmerich & Payne

Founded in 1920, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (H&P) (NYSE: HP) is committed to delivering industry leading levels of drilling productivity and reliability. H&P operates with the highest level of integrity, safety and innovation to deliver superior results for its customers and returns for shareholders. Through its subsidiaries, the Company designs, fabricates and operates high-performance drilling rigs in conventional and unconventional plays around the world. H&P also develops and implements advanced automation, directional drilling and survey management technologies. H&P’s fleet includes 299 land rigs in the U.S., 31 international land rigs and eight offshore platform rigs.

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