Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) versus Birchcliff Energy (OTCMKTS:BIREF) Financial Contrast

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXDGet Rating) and Birchcliff Energy (OTCMKTS:BIREFGet Rating) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Pioneer Natural Resources and Birchcliff Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Natural Resources 0 4 11 2 2.88
Birchcliff Energy 0 0 9 0 3.00

Pioneer Natural Resources presently has a consensus price target of $277.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.20%. Birchcliff Energy has a consensus price target of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 27.43%. Given Birchcliff Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Birchcliff Energy is more favorable than Pioneer Natural Resources.

Dividends

Pioneer Natural Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Birchcliff Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.03 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Pioneer Natural Resources pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Birchcliff Energy pays out 2.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pioneer Natural Resources and Birchcliff Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Natural Resources $14.64 billion 4.40 $2.12 billion $16.43 16.22
Birchcliff Energy $743.90 million 2.96 $247.72 million $1.21 6.81

Pioneer Natural Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Birchcliff Energy. Birchcliff 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Natural Resources 22.85% 21.01% 13.11%
Birchcliff Energy 40.32% 24.01% 13.77%

Volatility and Risk

Pioneer Natural Resources has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Birchcliff Energy has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.7% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Birchcliff Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Pioneer Natural Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Pioneer Natural Resources beats Birchcliff Energy on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company Profile (Get Rating)

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 in the Midland Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2021, the company had proved undeveloped reserves and proved developed non-producing reserves of 130 million barrels of oil, 92 million barrels of NGLs, and 462 billion cubic feet of gas; and owned interests in 11 gas processing plants. Pioneer Natural Resources Company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Birchcliff Energy Company Profile (Get Rating)

Birchcliff Energy Ltd., an intermediate oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, light oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids in Western Canada. The company holds interests in the Montney/Doig resource play located approximately 95 km northwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Its asset portfolio also includes various other properties, including the Elmworth and Progress areas of Alberta. As of December 31, 2021, the company had interests in various gas plants, oil batteries, compressors, facilities, and infrastructure; and 200,712 net acres of undeveloped land, as well as proved plus probable reserves of 1,022 million barrels of oil equivalent. Birchcliff Energy Ltd. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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