Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR) and Eca Marcellus Trust I (NYSE:ECT) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Denbury Resources and Eca Marcellus Trust I, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Denbury Resources 0 5 3 0 2.38
Eca Marcellus Trust I 0 0 0 0 N/A

Denbury Resources presently has a consensus price target of $5.02, indicating a potential upside of 94.44%. Given Denbury Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Denbury Resources is more favorable than Eca Marcellus Trust I.

Dividends

Eca Marcellus Trust I pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.4%. Denbury Resources does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Denbury Resources and Eca Marcellus Trust I’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Denbury Resources 18.81% 27.79% 4.88%
Eca Marcellus Trust I 80.55% 9.57% 9.35%

Volatility & Risk

Denbury Resources has a beta of 3.74, meaning that its share price is 274% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eca Marcellus Trust I has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of Denbury Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.0% of Eca Marcellus Trust I shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Denbury Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Denbury Resources and Eca Marcellus Trust I’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Denbury Resources $1.13 billion 1.05 $163.15 million $0.14 18.43
Eca Marcellus Trust I $6.88 million 5.37 $5.73 million N/A N/A

Denbury Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Eca Marcellus Trust I.

Summary

Denbury Resources beats Eca Marcellus Trust I on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Denbury Resources

Denbury Resources Inc. operates as an independent oil and natural gas company in the United States. It holds interests in various oil and natural gas properties located in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama in the Gulf Coast region; and in Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming in the Rocky Mountain region. As of December 31, 2017, the company had 259.7 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves. Denbury Resources Inc. was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

About Eca Marcellus Trust I

ECA Marcellus Trust I owns royalty interests in producing and development horizontal natural gas wells for Energy Corporation of America (ECA). The company owns royalty interests in 14 producing wells and 40 development wells. Its royalty interests in the producing wells allow the company to receive 90% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECA's interest in the producing wells; and 50% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECA's interest in the development wells. ECA Marcellus Trust I was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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