Crescent Point Energy (NYSE: CPG) and Penn Virginia (OTCMKTS:PVAHQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Penn Virginia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crescent Point Energy -18.68% 2.45% 1.44%
Penn Virginia -171.02% N/A -56.59%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Crescent Point Energy and Penn Virginia, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crescent Point Energy 0 3 2 0 2.40
Penn Virginia 0 1 0 0 2.00

Crescent Point Energy presently has a consensus target price of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 72.03%. Penn Virginia has a consensus target price of $49.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Penn Virginia’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than Crescent Point Energy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.7% of Crescent Point Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Crescent Point Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Penn Virginia does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy pays out -34.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Penn Virginia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crescent Point Energy $1.92 billion 2.56 -$704.37 million ($0.82) -10.99
Penn Virginia N/A N/A N/A ($20.07) N/A

Penn Virginia has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Crescent Point Energy. Crescent Point Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Penn Virginia, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Crescent Point Energy beats Penn Virginia on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crescent Point Energy

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Penn Virginia

Penn Virginia Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the onshore exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. Its operations consist primarily of drilling unconventional horizontal development wells, and operating its producing wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field or the Eagle Ford, in South Texas. It also has operations in Oklahoma, primarily in the Granite Wash. Its primary oil and gas assets are located in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in South Texas, and Washita and Custer Counties in Western Oklahoma. As of March 10, 2017, the Company had a contiguous position of approximately 54,000 net acres in the core liquids-rich area or volatile oil window of the Eagle Ford in Gonzales and Lavaca Counties in Texas. As of December 31, 2016, its total proved reserves were approximately 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE), of which 53% were proved developed reserves and 74% were crude oil.

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