Head-To-Head Review: Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) vs. Petroquest Energy (PQUE)

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Pioneer Natural Resources has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroquest Energy has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Petroquest Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Natural Resources 10.40% 9.25% 6.13%
Petroquest Energy -4.93% N/A -3.76%

Dividends

Pioneer Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Petroquest Energy does not pay a dividend. Pioneer Natural Resources pays out 10.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Pioneer Natural Resources and Petroquest Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Natural Resources 0 4 26 1 2.90
Petroquest Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00

Pioneer Natural Resources currently has a consensus target price of $211.59, indicating a potential upside of 20.87%. Given Pioneer Natural Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Pioneer Natural Resources is more favorable than Petroquest Energy.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Petroquest Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Natural Resources $9.42 billion 3.13 $978.00 million $6.31 27.74
Petroquest Energy $108.29 million 0.00 -$6.63 million ($0.55) -0.04

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned 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.

Summary

Pioneer Natural Resources beats Petroquest Energy on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pioneer Natural Resources

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company explores for, develops, and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gas. It has operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado, and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. As of December 31, 2017, the company had proved undeveloped reserves and proved developed reserves of approximately 45 million barrels of oil, 22 million barrels of NGLs, and 291 billion cubic feet of gas; and owned interests in 10 gas processing plants and 4 treating facilities. Pioneer Natural Resources Company is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

About Petroquest Energy

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas and Louisiana. The company acquires, explores for, develops, and operates oil and gas properties. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 1.8 million barrels of oil; 19.4 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas liquids; and 125.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas. PetroQuest Energy, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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