Analyzing Bellatrix Exploration (BXE) & Apache (APA)

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) and Apache (NYSE:APA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Apache’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $192.30 million 0.00 -$70.47 million ($1.37) N/A
Apache $7.42 billion 1.33 $40.00 million $1.77 14.79

Apache has higher revenue and earnings than Bellatrix Exploration. Bellatrix Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Apache, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Apache pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Bellatrix Exploration does not pay a dividend. Apache pays out 56.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and Apache’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -30.29% -8.74% -5.01%
Apache -2.08% 6.71% 2.72%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

8.8% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.5% of Apache shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Apache shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Bellatrix Exploration and Apache, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 1 1 0 0 1.50
Apache 4 12 6 0 2.09

Bellatrix Exploration presently has a consensus target price of $0.25, indicating a potential upside of ∞. Apache has a consensus target price of $41.90, indicating a potential upside of 60.06%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than Apache.

Volatility & Risk

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apache has a beta of 1.72, indicating that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Apache beats Bellatrix Exploration on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bellatrix Exploration

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan in Canada. It primarily focuses on developing its two core resource plays, the Cardium and the Spirit River in Western Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Apache

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company has operations in onshore assets located in the Permian and Midcontinent/Gulf Coast onshore regions; and offshore assets situated in the Gulf of Mexico region. It also holds onshore assets in Egypt's Western desert; and offshore assets in the North Sea region, including the United Kingdom. In addition, the company has an offshore exploration program in Suriname. As of December 31, 2018, it had total estimated proved reserves of 581 million barrels of crude oil, 234 million barrels of NGLs, and 2.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Apache Corporation was founded in 1954 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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