Head-To-Head Survey: Akorn (OTCMKTS:UPLCQ) & QEP Resources (OTCMKTS:QEP)

Akorn (OTCMKTS:UPLCQ) and QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Akorn and QEP Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Akorn -48.05% -2.61% 1.57%
QEP Resources 15.74% 0.68% 0.34%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Akorn and QEP Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Akorn $742.03 million 0.00 $107.99 million N/A N/A
QEP Resources $1.21 billion 0.23 -$97.30 million N/A N/A

Akorn has higher earnings, but lower revenue than QEP Resources.

Risk and Volatility

Akorn has a beta of -1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 204% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QEP Resources has a beta of 4.83, suggesting that its stock price is 383% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Akorn and QEP Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Akorn 0 0 0 0 N/A
QEP Resources 2 6 3 0 2.09

QEP Resources has a consensus price target of $2.39, suggesting a potential upside of 109.55%. Given QEP Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe QEP Resources is more favorable than Akorn.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Akorn shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of QEP Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Akorn shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of QEP Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

QEP Resources beats Akorn on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Akorn Company Profile

Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, operation, and production of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal business activities are developing its natural gas reserves in the Green River Basin of southwest WyomingÂthe Pinedale and Jonah fields. As of December 31, 2018, the company owned interests in approximately 114,000 gross acres in Wyoming. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. On May 14, 2020, Ultra Petroleum Corp., 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.

QEP Resources Company Profile

QEP Resources, Inc. operates as a crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company conducts exploration and production activities in the Permian Basin in Western Texas; and Williston Basin in North Dakota. As of December 31, 2018, it had estimated proved reserves of approximately 658.2 MMboe. The company sells its gas, oil, and natural gas liquids to various customers, including wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies, midstream service providers, and utility companies. QEP Resources, Inc. was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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