Reviewing Gulfport Energy (GPOR) & Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN)

Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) and Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Risk and Volatility

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Devon Energy has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulfport Energy has a beta of 0.42, suggesting that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Devon Energy and Gulfport Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Devon Energy 10.04% 6.92% 3.02%
Gulfport Energy 32.96% 8.64% 4.70%

Dividends

Devon Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Gulfport Energy does not pay a dividend. Devon Energy pays out 9.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Devon Energy and Gulfport Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Devon Energy 0 4 17 0 2.81
Gulfport Energy 1 3 16 0 2.75

Devon Energy currently has a consensus target price of $46.00, suggesting a potential upside of 44.70%. Gulfport Energy has a consensus target price of $18.24, suggesting a potential upside of 88.99%. Given Gulfport Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Gulfport Energy is more favorable than Devon Energy.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Devon Energy and Gulfport Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Devon Energy $13.95 billion 1.20 $898.00 million $2.65 12.00
Gulfport Energy $1.32 billion 1.34 $435.15 million $2.44 3.95

Devon Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Gulfport Energy. Gulfport Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Devon Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.2% of Devon Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Devon Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Devon Energy beats Gulfport Energy on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Devon Energy Company Profile

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, primarily engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States and Canada. It operates approximately 14,600 gross wells. The company also offers gathering, transmission, processing, storage, fractionation, and marketing to upstream oil and natural gas producers; and owns natural gas pipelines, plants and treatment facilities. Devon Energy Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Gulfport Energy Company Profile

Gulfport Energy Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the exploitation and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil in the United States. The Company’s properties are located in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the West Cote Blanche Bay (WCBB) and Hackberry fields. The Company also has an interest in producing properties in Northwestern Colorado in the Niobrara Formation and in Western North Dakota in the Bakken Formation. The Company also holds an acreage position in the Alberta oil sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and an interest in an entity that operates in the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand. The Company also owns interests in various fields, which includes Deer Island, Fay South, Crest, Squaw Cheek, Green River Basin and Watonga Chickasha Trend.

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