Head-To-Head Survey: Escalera Resources (OTCMKTS:ESCRQ) versus Apache (OTCMKTS:APA)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Escalera Resources and Apache, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Escalera Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Apache 0 11 4 0 2.27

Apache has a consensus target price of $30.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.28%. Given Apache’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Apache is more favorable than Escalera Resources.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Escalera Resources and Apache’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Escalera Resources N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apache $7.42 billion 1.62 $40.00 million $1.77 18.08

Apache has higher revenue and earnings than Escalera Resources.

Profitability

This table compares Escalera Resources and Apache’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Escalera Resources N/A N/A N/A
Apache -14.78% 1.08% 0.42%

Volatility & Risk

Escalera Resources has a beta of 25.05, meaning that its stock price is 2,405% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apache has a beta of 1.95, meaning that its stock price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.3% of Apache shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.3% of Escalera Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Apache shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Apache beats Escalera Resources on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Escalera Resources Company Profile

Escalera Resources Co., an independent energy company, explores, develops, produces, and sells natural gas and crude oil primarily in the Rocky Mountain basins of the Western United States. It holds interests in the Atlantic Rim coalbed natural gas project located in south central Wyoming; and the Pinedale Anticline property located in the Green River Basin of Wyoming, as well as holds acreage with exploration potential in the Greater Green River Basin of Wyoming and the Huntington Basin of Nevada. The company also operates 91 producing wells in Wyoming and 1 well in Oklahoma; and gathers and transports third-party gas through its intrastate gas pipeline. As of December 31, 2014, it had estimated proved reserves of 85.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 247 thousand barrels of oil; owned interests in approximately 1,200 producing wells; and had an acreage position of 112,219 net acres in natural gas prone basins primarily located in the Rocky Mountains. The company was formerly known as Double Eagle Petroleum Co. and changed its name to Escalera Resources Co. in March 2014. Escalera Resources Co. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Apache Company Profile

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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