Reviewing Continental Resources (CLR) & Bellatrix Exploration (BXE)

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Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) and Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Continental Resources has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Continental Resources and Bellatrix Exploration’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Continental Resources $3.12 billion 7.12 $789.44 million $0.51 115.92
Bellatrix Exploration $192.30 million 0.31 -$70.47 million ($1.37) -0.68

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Continental Resources and Bellatrix Exploration, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Continental Resources 0 9 21 0 2.70
Bellatrix Exploration 4 1 1 0 1.50

Continental Resources currently has a consensus target price of $72.37, indicating a potential upside of 22.41%. Bellatrix Exploration has a consensus target price of $2.88, indicating a potential upside of 207.92%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than Continental Resources.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.5% of Continental Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.3% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. 76.8% of Continental Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Continental Resources and Bellatrix Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Continental Resources 32.80% 14.01% 4.98%
Bellatrix Exploration -34.37% -8.97% -5.18%

Summary

Continental Resources beats Bellatrix Exploration on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Continental Resources Company Profile

Continental Resources, Inc. explores for, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. The company sells its crude oil and natural gas production to energy marketing companies, crude oil refining companies, and natural gas gathering and processing companies. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved reserves were 1,331 million barrels of crude oil equivalent (MMBoe) with estimated proved developed reserves of 602 MMBoe. Continental Resources, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Bellatrix Exploration Company Profile

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan in Canada. It primarily focuses on developing its two core resource plays, the Cardium and the Spirit River in Western Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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