Carbon Natural Gas (OTCMKTS:CRBO) and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Carbon Natural Gas and Chesapeake Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carbon Natural Gas $53.05 million 1.16 $8.40 million N/A N/A
Chesapeake Energy $10.23 billion 0.31 $873.00 million $0.90 2.14

Chesapeake Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Carbon Natural Gas.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.3% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of Chesapeake Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 71.7% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Chesapeake Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Carbon Natural Gas has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chesapeake Energy has a beta of 2.43, meaning that its stock price is 143% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Carbon Natural Gas and Chesapeake Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carbon Natural Gas 10.71% 12.05% 3.24%
Chesapeake Energy 5.39% -138.70% 5.90%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Carbon Natural Gas and Chesapeake Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carbon Natural Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chesapeake Energy 8 7 3 0 1.72

Chesapeake Energy has a consensus price target of $3.75, suggesting a potential upside of 94.19%. Given Chesapeake Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Chesapeake Energy is more favorable than Carbon Natural Gas.

Summary

Chesapeake Energy beats Carbon Natural Gas on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carbon Natural Gas Company Profile

Carbon Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids properties in the United States. It focuses on conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including shale, tight sand, and coalbed methane located in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Ventura Basins. As of December 31, 2017, it owned working interests in 2,600 net wells and royalty interests located in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as had leasehold positions in approximately 189,000 net developed acres and approximately 222,400 net undeveloped acres located in the Appalachian basin. The company also owned working interests in 29 net coalbed methane wells in the Illinois Basin; had a leasehold position in approximately 1,900 net developed acres and approximately 58,000 net undeveloped acres. In addition, it owned working interests in 200 net wells; and had leasehold positions in approximately 2,300 net developed acres, as well as approximately 8,000 net undeveloped acres. The company was formerly known as Carbon Natural Gas Company and changed its name to Carbon Energy Corporation in June 2018. Carbon Energy Corporation is based in Denver, Colorado.

Chesapeake Energy Company Profile

Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGL) from underground reservoirs in the United States. The company holds interests in natural gas resource plays, including the Marcellus in Northern Appalachian Basin in Pennsylvania; Haynesville located in Northwestern Louisiana; Eagle Ford in South Texas; Brazos Valley in Southeast Texas; Powder River Basin in Wyoming; and Mid-Continent in Anadarko Basin of northwestern Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2018, it owned interests in approximately 13,200 oil and natural gas wells; and had estimated proved reserves of 1,448 one million barrels of oil equivalent. Chesapeake Energy Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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