Unit (NYSE:UNT) and Ivanhoe Energy (OTCMKTS:IVANF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Unit and Ivanhoe Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unit 0 4 1 0 2.20
Ivanhoe Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Unit presently has a consensus target price of $22.25, indicating a potential upside of 686.22%. Given Unit’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Unit is more favorable than Ivanhoe Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.7% of Unit shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Unit shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unit and Ivanhoe Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unit $843.28 million 0.18 -$45.29 million $1.00 2.80
Ivanhoe Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ivanhoe Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Unit.


This table compares Unit and Ivanhoe Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unit -8.99% 1.31% 0.76%
Ivanhoe Energy N/A N/A N/A


Unit beats Ivanhoe Energy on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Unit Company Profile

Unit Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, acquisition, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. It operates through three segments: Oil and Natural Gas, Contract Drilling, and Mid-Stream. The Oil and Natural Gas segment explores for, acquires, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties. Its producing oil and natural gas properties, unproved properties, and related assets are primarily located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The Contract Drilling segment is involved in the contract drilling of onshore oil and natural gas wells for a range of other oil and natural gas companies primarily in Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, and Utah. It has 55 drilling rigs in its fleet. The Mid-Stream segment buys, sells, gathers, processes, and treats natural gas for third parties. This segment operates 3 natural gas treatment plants, 14 processing plants, 22 gathering systems, and approximately 1,475 miles of pipeline in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Unit Corporation was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ivanhoe Energy Company Profile

Ivanhoe Energy, Inc. engages in heavy-oil exploration and development. It focuses on pursuing long term growth in its reserve base and production using advanced technologies. The company was founded by Robert Martin Friedland on February 21, 1995 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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