Berry (NASDAQ:BRY – Get Rating) and Antero Resources (NYSE:AR – Get Rating) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.
Volatility & Risk
Berry has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Antero Resources has a beta of 3.72, meaning that its share price is 272% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Berry and Antero Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Berry and Antero Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Berry presently has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 18.29%. Antero Resources has a consensus target price of $34.70, suggesting a potential downside of 6.18%. Given Berry’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Berry is more favorable than Antero Resources.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Berry and Antero Resources’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Berry||$544.95 million||1.63||-$15.54 million||($0.64)||-17.17|
|Antero Resources||$4.62 billion||2.49||-$186.90 million||($1.30)||-28.45|
Berry has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Antero Resources. Antero Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Berry, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
92.7% of Berry shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of Antero Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Berry shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of Antero Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Antero Resources beats Berry on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Berry (Get Rating)
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC., formerly Berry Petroleum Company, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the production, development, exploitation, and acquisition of oil and natural gas. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in California (South Midway-Sunset (SMWSS)-Steam Floods, North Midway-Sunset (NMWSS)-Diatomite, NMWSS-New Steam Floods, Texas (Permian and E. Texas), Utah (Uinta) and Colorado (Piceance). The Company’s operations are conducted in the continental United States. In December 2013, Linn Energy LLC and Linn Co, LLC (Linn Co) announced the completion of the merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company (Berry), where LinnCo had acquired all of Berry’s interest.
About Antero Resources (Get Rating)
Antero Resources Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil properties in the United States. As of December 31, 2021, it had approximately 502,000 net acres in the Appalachian Basin; and 174,000 net acres in the Upper Devonian Shale. The company also owned and operated 494 miles of gas gathering pipelines in the Appalachian Basin; and 21 compressor stations. It had estimated proved reserves of 17.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent, including 10.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas; 718 million barrels of assumed recovered ethane; 501 million barrels of primarily propane, isobutane, normal butane, and natural gasoline; and 36 million barrels of oil. The company was formerly known as Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation and changed its name to Antero Resources Corporation in June 2013. Antero Resources Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
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