Critical Review: Crescent Point Energy (CPG) vs. Atlas Energy Group (ATLS)

Crescent Point Energy (NYSE: CPG) and Atlas Energy Group (OTCMKTS:ATLS) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Atlas Energy Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crescent Point Energy $1.92 billion 2.35 -$704.37 million ($0.88) -9.41
Atlas Energy Group $137.16 million 0.01 -$13.10 million ($0.78) -0.06

Atlas Energy Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Crescent Point Energy. Crescent Point Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atlas Energy Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Crescent Point Energy and Atlas Energy Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crescent Point Energy 0 3 2 0 2.40
Atlas Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crescent Point Energy currently has a consensus target price of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 87.20%. Given Crescent Point Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Crescent Point Energy is more favorable than Atlas Energy Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.7% of Crescent Point Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Atlas Energy Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crescent Point Energy -18.68% 2.45% 1.44%
Atlas Energy Group -676.29% N/A -63.38%

Dividends

Crescent Point Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Atlas Energy Group does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy pays out -31.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Crescent Point Energy has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Energy Group has a beta of -1.66, meaning that its share price is 266% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Crescent Point Energy beats Atlas Energy Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crescent Point Energy Company Profile

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Atlas Energy Group Company Profile

Atlas Energy Group, LLC is an energy management company, which acquires and develops upstream and midstream oil and gas assets. The Company has ownership interests in the general partner Class A units, and over 23.3% limited partner interest in Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (ARP), which is an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids; over 80% general partner interest and approximately 2.1% limited partner interest in Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. (AGP), which conducts natural gas and oil operations in the mid-continent region of the United States, and owns approximately 15.9% general partner interest and over 12% limited partner interest in Lightfoot Capital Partners, L.P. and Lightfoot Capital Partners GP, LLC, its general partner, which incubates new master limited partnerships (MLPs) and invests in existing MLPs. Its segments include ARP, AGP, and Corporate and other. The Company focuses on the development and growth of energy enterprises.

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