Head-To-Head Analysis: Carbon Natural Gas (OTCMKTS:CRBO) versus Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUEQ)

Carbon Natural Gas (OTCMKTS:CRBO) and Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUEQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carbon Natural Gas 14.08% 20.80% 5.29%
Petroquest Energy 364.91% -274.16% 141.74%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.3% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. 71.7% of Carbon Natural Gas shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Carbon Natural Gas and Petroquest Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carbon Natural Gas $53.05 million 0.51 $8.40 million N/A N/A
Petroquest Energy $87.10 million 0.00 -$9.55 million ($0.54) -0.04

Carbon Natural Gas has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Petroquest Energy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Carbon Natural Gas and Petroquest Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carbon Natural Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petroquest Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Carbon Natural Gas beats Petroquest Energy on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carbon Natural Gas Company Profile

Carbon Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids properties in the United States. It focuses on conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including shale, tight sand, and coalbed methane located in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Ventura Basins. As of December 31, 2017, it owned working interests in 2,600 net wells and royalty interests located in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as had leasehold positions in approximately 189,000 net developed acres and approximately 222,400 net undeveloped acres located in the Appalachian basin. The company also owned working interests in 29 net coalbed methane wells in the Illinois Basin; had a leasehold position in approximately 1,900 net developed acres and approximately 58,000 net undeveloped acres. In addition, it owned working interests in 200 net wells; and had leasehold positions in approximately 2,300 net developed acres, as well as approximately 8,000 net undeveloped acres. The company was formerly known as Carbon Natural Gas Company and changed its name to Carbon Energy Corporation in June 2018. Carbon Energy Corporation is based in Denver, Colorado.

Petroquest Energy Company Profile

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. On November 6, 2018, PetroQuest Energy, Inc. along with its affiliates filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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