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

Risk & Volatility

Magellan Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of -0.59, suggesting that its stock price is 159% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Magellan Petroleum Corporation and Comstock Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Magellan Petroleum Corporation $4.46 million 539.83 -$520,000.00 N/A N/A
Comstock Resources $175.71 million 0.53 -$135.13 million ($9.21) -0.65

Magellan Petroleum Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Comstock Resources.

Profitability

This table compares Magellan Petroleum Corporation and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Magellan Petroleum Corporation N/A -101.56% -85.02%
Comstock Resources -53.79% N/A -9.98%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Magellan Petroleum Corporation and Comstock Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Magellan Petroleum Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comstock Resources 1 3 3 0 2.29

Comstock Resources has a consensus price target of $12.40, suggesting a potential upside of 105.64%. Given Comstock Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Comstock Resources is more favorable than Magellan Petroleum Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.0% of Magellan Petroleum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.1% of Comstock Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 48.3% of Magellan Petroleum Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Comstock Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Comstock Resources beats Magellan Petroleum Corporation on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Magellan Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

Tellurian Inc., formerly Magellan Petroleum Corporation, is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects along the United States Gulf Coast through its subsidiary, Tellurian Investments Inc. The Company owns interests in the Horse Hill-1 well and related licenses in the Weald Basin, onshore the United Kingdom, and an exploration block, NT/P82, in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore Northern Territory, Australia. The Horse Hill-1 well has identified prospects from the Portland sandstone and Kimmeridge Clay limestone formations.

Comstock Resources Company Profile

Comstock Resources, Inc. is an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in the United States. The Company operates in the segment of exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The Company’s oil and gas operations are concentrated in Texas and Louisiana. Its operations are focused in two operating areas: East Texas/North Louisiana and South Texas. The Company’s properties in the East Texas/North Louisiana region include approximately 80,660 acres in the Haynesville or Bossier shale formations. The Company’s Eagleville field includes approximately 30,220 acres located in the oil window of the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas. The Company owns interests in over 1,575 producing oil and natural gas wells, and operates over 950 of these wells. The Company owns interests in over 20 wells in the Rosita field, located in Duval County, Texas.

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