QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) and Enterprise GP (NYSE:EPE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.2% of QEP Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of Enterprise GP shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of QEP Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Enterprise GP shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares QEP Resources and Enterprise GP’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QEP Resources $1.62 billion 1.63 $269.30 million $0.77 14.48
Enterprise GP $1.07 billion 0.53 -$194.00 million ($0.39) -5.67

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

Risk and Volatility

QEP Resources has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enterprise GP has a beta of 3.58, indicating that its stock price is 258% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for QEP Resources and Enterprise GP, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QEP Resources 1 8 6 0 2.33
Enterprise GP 2 6 1 0 1.89

QEP Resources presently has a consensus target price of $13.52, indicating a potential upside of 21.24%. Enterprise GP has a consensus target price of $2.81, indicating a potential upside of 27.26%. Given Enterprise GP’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Enterprise GP is more favorable than QEP Resources.

Profitability

This table compares QEP Resources and Enterprise GP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QEP Resources -13.63% 5.96% 2.91%
Enterprise GP -18.51% -16.50% -1.36%

Summary

QEP Resources beats Enterprise GP on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About QEP Resources

QEP Resources, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company in the United States. The company conducts exploration and production activities in the Permian Basin in western Texas, Williston Basin in North Dakota, Haynesville/Cotton Valley in northwestern Louisiana, Uinta Basin in eastern Utah, and other proven properties in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 684.7 MMboe. The company sells its gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGL) to various customers, including wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies, utilities, and other companies. In addition, it operates an underground gas storage facility. QEP Resources, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

About Enterprise GP

EP Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, engages in the exploration for and the acquisition, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company has interests in three primary areas, such as the Permian basin in West Texas; the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas; and the Altamont Field in the Uinta basin in Northeastern Utah. As of December 31, 2017, it had proved reserves of 392.1 million barrels of oil equivalent and had average net daily production of 82,257 barrel of oil equivalent/per day. The company primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to third parties. EP Energy Corporation was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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