VOC Energy Trust (NYSE:VOC) 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 dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
7.2% of Comstock Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Comstock Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|VOC Energy Trust||93.68%||17.87%||17.87%|
VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.2%. Comstock Resources does not pay a dividend. VOC Energy Trust has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Comstock Resources has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Volatility & Risk
VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 1.69, meaning that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for VOC Energy Trust and Comstock Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|VOC Energy Trust||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Comstock Resources has a consensus target price of $10.40, indicating a potential upside of 80.56%. Given Comstock Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Comstock Resources is more favorable than VOC Energy Trust.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Comstock Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|VOC Energy Trust||$12.94 million||N/A||$12.07 million||N/A||N/A|
|Comstock Resources||$390.25 million||1.56||-$28.63 million||N/A||N/A|
VOC Energy Trust has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Comstock Resources.
VOC Energy Trust Company Profile
VOC Energy Trust acquires and holds a term net profits interest of the net proceeds from production and sale of the interests in oil and natural gas properties in the states of Kansas and Texas. The company has a 80% term net profits interest of the net proceeds on the underlying properties. As of December 31, 2017, its underlying properties had interests in 492.5 net producing wells and 55,736.9 net acres; and had proved reserves of approximately 3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) attributable to the portion of the Kansas underlying properties, and approximately 4.6 MMBoe attributable to the Texas underlying properties. VOC Energy Trust was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.
Comstock Resources Company Profile
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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