Reviewing SilverBow Resources (SBOW) & Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI)

SilverBow Resources (NYSE: SBOW) and Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE:BCEI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares SilverBow Resources and Bonanza Creek Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SilverBow Resources 15.16% 27.84% 6.68%
Bonanza Creek Energy -53.37% -24.22% -4.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for SilverBow Resources and Bonanza Creek Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SilverBow Resources 0 1 1 0 2.50
Bonanza Creek Energy 0 3 0 0 2.00

SilverBow Resources currently has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.31%. Bonanza Creek Energy has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 17.00%. Given SilverBow Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than Bonanza Creek Energy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.5% of SilverBow Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SilverBow Resources and Bonanza Creek Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SilverBow Resources $179.00 million 1.41 $93.64 million N/A N/A
Bonanza Creek Energy $193.29 million 3.18 $76.38 million ($233.95) -0.13

SilverBow Resources has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bonanza Creek Energy.

Summary

SilverBow Resources beats Bonanza Creek Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

SilverBow Resources Company Profile

SilverBow Resources is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. With almost 30 years of history operating in South Texas, the Company possesses a significant understanding of regional reservoirs which they leverage to assemble drilling inventory.

Bonanza Creek Energy Company Profile

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (Bonanza Creek) is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States. The Company’s oil and liquids-weighted assets are concentrated primarily in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Dorcheat Macedonia Field in southern Arkansas. In addition, the Company owns and operates oil-producing assets in the North Park Basin in Colorado and the McKamie Patton Field in southern Arkansas. The main areas in which the Company operates in the Rocky Mountain region are the Wattenberg Field in Weld County, Colorado and the North Park Basin in Jackson County, Colorado. Its Wattenberg Field operations are in the oil and liquids-weighted extension area of the Wattenberg Field targeting the Niobrara and Codell formations. In southern Arkansas, it targets the oil-rich Cotton Valley sands in the Dorcheat Macedonia and McKamie Patton Fields.

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