VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGY) vs. Chesapeake Energy (OTCMKTS:CHKAQ) Head to Head Contrast

Chesapeake Energy (OTCMKTS:CHKAQGet Rating) and VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGYGet Rating) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chesapeake Energy -162.46% N/A -3.45%
VAALCO Energy 41.11% 39.26% 19.11%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.0% of Chesapeake Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.4% of VAALCO Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chesapeake Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.2% of VAALCO Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chesapeake Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
VAALCO Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chesapeake Energy and VAALCO Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chesapeake Energy $8.49 billion 0.00 -$308.00 million ($54.00) -0.06
VAALCO Energy $199.07 million 1.93 $81.84 million $1.38 4.74

VAALCO Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Chesapeake Energy. Chesapeake Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VAALCO Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Chesapeake Energy has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VAALCO Energy has a beta of 1.88, indicating that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

VAALCO Energy beats Chesapeake Energy on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chesapeake Energy (Get Rating)

Chesapeake Energy Corp. is an independent exploration and production company, which engages in acquisition, exploration and development of properties for the production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids from underground reservoirs. It focuses on projects located in Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. The company was founded by Aubrey K. McClendon and Tom L. Ward on May 18, 1989 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK.

About VAALCO Energy (Get Rating)

VAALCO Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas. The company holds Etame production sharing contract related to the Etame Marin block located offshore in the Republic of Gabon in West Africa. It also owns interests in an undeveloped block offshore Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. VAALCO Energy, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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