Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR) and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Occidental Petroleum Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Denbury Resources does not pay a dividend. Occidental Petroleum Corporation pays out 2,369.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Denbury Resources has a beta of 3.41, meaning that its share price is 241% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Denbury Resources and Occidental Petroleum Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Denbury Resources 2 5 1 0 1.88
Occidental Petroleum Corporation 2 10 6 0 2.22

Denbury Resources currently has a consensus target price of $2.21, indicating a potential upside of 80.02%. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a consensus target price of $65.73, indicating a potential upside of 1.80%. Given Denbury Resources’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Denbury Resources is more favorable than Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.4% of Denbury Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.7% of Occidental Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Denbury Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Occidental Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Denbury Resources and Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Denbury Resources $1.04 billion 0.46 $384.51 million ($0.96) -1.28
Occidental Petroleum Corporation $11.45 billion 4.31 $3.67 billion $0.13 496.69

Occidental Petroleum Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Denbury Resources. Denbury Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Occidental Petroleum Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Denbury Resources and Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Denbury Resources -35.24% -1.94% -0.25%
Occidental Petroleum Corporation 0.91% 0.13% 0.06%

Summary

Occidental Petroleum Corporation beats Denbury Resources on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Denbury Resources

Denbury Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused in two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Its properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. It had an estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of 254.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) as of December 31, 2016. Its primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide (CO2) source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi. Its mature group of properties includes the initial CO2 field, Little Creek, and other fields, including Brookhaven, Cranfield, Eucutta, Lockhart Crossing, Mallalieu and Soso fields. Its LaBarge Field is located in southwestern Wyoming. Its Riley Ridge Federal Unit is located in southwestern Wyoming and produces gas from the same LaBarge Field.

About Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates through three segments: oil and gas, chemical (OxyChem), and midstream and marketing. The oil and gas segment explores for, develops and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. The OxyChem segment manufactures and markets basic chemicals and vinyls. The midstream and marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases and markets oil, condensate, NGLs, natural gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) and power. The Company also trades around its assets, including transportation and storage capacity. Additionally, the midstream and marketing segment invests in entities that conduct similar activities. Occidental’s domestic upstream oil and gas operations are located in New Mexico and Texas. Its international operations are located in Bolivia, Colombia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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