Head-To-Head Contrast: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) vs. Energy XXI Gulf Coast (EXXI)

Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG) and Energy XXI Gulf Coast (NASDAQ:EXXI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cabot Oil & Gas and Energy XXI Gulf Coast’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cabot Oil & Gas -8.80% 6.63% 3.38%
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Cabot Oil & Gas pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Energy XXI Gulf Coast does not pay a dividend. Cabot Oil & Gas pays out -64.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cabot Oil & Gas and Energy XXI Gulf Coast’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cabot Oil & Gas $1.16 billion 11.05 -$417.12 million ($0.31) -89.03
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Energy XXI Gulf Coast has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cabot Oil & Gas.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.7% of Cabot Oil & Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.6% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Cabot Oil & Gas shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cabot Oil & Gas and Energy XXI Gulf Coast, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cabot Oil & Gas 0 7 14 0 2.67
Energy XXI Gulf Coast 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cabot Oil & Gas presently has a consensus price target of $30.56, suggesting a potential upside of 10.71%. Given Cabot Oil & Gas’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Cabot Oil & Gas is more favorable than Energy XXI Gulf Coast.

Summary

Cabot Oil & Gas beats Energy XXI Gulf Coast on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cabot Oil & Gas Company Profile

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the development, exploitation and exploration of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the segment of natural gas and oil development, exploitation, exploration and production, in the continental United States. Its assets are concentrated in areas with known hydrocarbon resources, which are conducive to multi-well, repeatable drilling programs. As of December 31, 2016, its exploration, development and production operations were primarily concentrated in two unconventional plays: the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania and the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas. The Company also has operations in various other unconventional and conventional plays throughout the continental United States. Its Marcellus Shale properties are principally located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Its properties in the Eagle Ford Shale are principally located in Atascosa, Frio and La Salle Counties, Texas.

Energy XXI Gulf Coast Company Profile

Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (EGC) is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company which was focused on development drilling on the Company’s core properties. The Company’s properties are located in the United States Gulf of Mexico waters and the Gulf Coast onshore. The Company operates nine oilfields on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. As of December 31, 2016, total proved reserves were 121.9 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) of which 78% were crude oil. The Company operated in 616 gross producing wells on 439,294 net developed acres, including interests in 57 producing fields. The Company’s projects include Main Pass Complex, West Delta, Ship Shoal, Grand Isle and South Timbalier. The Main Pass complex is located in approximately 100 feet of water near the mouth of the mississippi river. It includes Main Pass 61 field and Main Pass 73 field along with the Main Pass 296 and 311.

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