Head to Head Review: Ovintiv (NYSE:OVV) versus Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK)

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

Risk and Volatility

Ovintiv has a beta of 2.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ovintiv and Comstock Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ovintiv $5.94 billion 0.71 $1.07 billion $4.30 3.78
Comstock Resources $390.25 million 2.85 -$28.63 million N/A N/A

Ovintiv has higher revenue and earnings than Comstock Resources.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.8% of Comstock Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Ovintiv shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Comstock Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ovintiv and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ovintiv 16.84% 10.12% 4.77%
Comstock Resources 14.55% 15.14% 3.81%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ovintiv and Comstock Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ovintiv 0 4 2 0 2.33
Comstock Resources 0 5 1 0 2.17

Ovintiv currently has a consensus target price of $26.71, indicating a potential upside of 64.16%. Comstock Resources has a consensus target price of $7.82, indicating a potential upside of 33.45%. Given Ovintiv’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ovintiv is more favorable than Comstock Resources.

Summary

Ovintiv beats Comstock Resources on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ovintiv

There is no company description available for Ovintiv Inc.

About Comstock Resources

Comstock Resources, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the acquisition, exploration for, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties, primarily in Texas, Louisiana, and North Dakota. The company is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.

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