Penn Virginia (PVAC) & Eca Marcellus Trust I (ECT) Head to Head Survey

Penn Virginia (NASDAQ: PVAC) and Eca Marcellus Trust I (NYSE:ECT) 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 risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.8% of Penn Virginia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.8% of Eca Marcellus Trust I shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Penn Virginia shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Penn Virginia and Eca Marcellus Trust I’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penn Virginia 7.35% 24.78% 9.92%
Eca Marcellus Trust I 82.85% 10.21% 9.96%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Penn Virginia and Eca Marcellus Trust I’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia $160.05 million 7.43 $32.66 million $2.88 27.43
Eca Marcellus Trust I $6.88 million 5.24 $5.73 million N/A N/A

Penn Virginia has higher revenue and earnings than Eca Marcellus Trust I.

Risk & Volatility

Penn Virginia has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eca Marcellus Trust I has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Eca Marcellus Trust I pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.7%. Penn Virginia does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Penn Virginia and Eca Marcellus Trust I, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 1 3 0 2.75
Eca Marcellus Trust I 0 0 0 0 N/A

Penn Virginia currently has a consensus target price of $69.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.66%. Given Penn Virginia’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than Eca Marcellus Trust I.

Summary

Penn Virginia beats Eca Marcellus Trust I on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Penn Virginia Company Profile

Penn Virginia Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the onshore exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. It primarily operates wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field in South Texas. The company also has operations in the Granite Wash in Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2017, it had total proved reserves of approximately 73 million barrels of oil equivalent; and 500 gross productive wells, as well as owned approximately 124,000 gross acres of leasehold and royalty interests. Penn Virginia Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Eca Marcellus Trust I Company Profile

ECA Marcellus Trust I owns royalty interests in producing and development horizontal natural gas wells for Energy Corporation of America (ECA). The company owns royalty interests in 14 producing wells and 40 development wells. Its royalty interests in the producing wells allow the company to receive 90% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECA's interest in the producing wells; and 50% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECA's interest in the development wells. ECA Marcellus Trust I was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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