Contrasting Murphy Oil (MUR) & Isramco (ISRL)

Isramco (NASDAQ: ISRL) and Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

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Isramco has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy Oil has a beta of 2.39, meaning that its stock price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.8% of Isramco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.0% of Murphy Oil shares are held by institutional investors. 73.3% of Isramco shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Murphy Oil shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Murphy Oil pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Isramco does not pay a dividend. Murphy Oil pays out -55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Isramco and Murphy Oil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Isramco -36.84% -4,851.65% -18.41%
Murphy Oil -14.31% -0.45% -0.22%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Isramco and Murphy Oil, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Isramco 0 0 0 0 N/A
Murphy Oil 1 8 3 0 2.17

Murphy Oil has a consensus price target of $32.18, suggesting a potential upside of 24.54%. Given Murphy Oil’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Murphy Oil is more favorable than Isramco.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Isramco and Murphy Oil’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Isramco $65.94 million 4.28 -$24.31 million N/A N/A
Murphy Oil $2.23 billion 2.00 -$311.78 million ($1.80) -14.36

Isramco has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Murphy Oil.

Summary

Murphy Oil beats Isramco on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Isramco

Isramco, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties located onshore in the United States and offshore Israel. The Company operates through two segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Segment, and Production services Segment. The Company also operates a production services company that provides a range of onshore production services to oil companies, and independent oil and natural gas production companies conducting operations in the United States. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Segment is engaged in the exploration and production of natural gas, crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Production services Segment is engaged in rig-based and workover services, well completion and recompletion services, plugging and abandonment of wells and other ancillary oilfield services.

About Murphy Oil

Murphy Oil Corporation (Murphy) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company’s exploration and production business explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids across the world. Its exploration and production activities are subdivided into four geographic segments: the United States, Canada, Malaysia and all other countries. It explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids around the world. This business maintains upstream operating offices in several locations around the world, including Houston, Texas, Calgary, Alberta, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As of December 31, 2016, Murphy’s principal exploration and production activities were conducted in the United States by Murphy Exploration & Production Company-USA (Murphy Expro USA), in Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, and Vietnam by Murphy Exploration & Production Company-International (Murphy Expro International) and its subsidiaries, and in Western Canada.

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