Head-To-Head Review: Blue Dolphin Energy (OTCMKTS:BDCO) and PDC Energy (OTCMKTS:PDCE)

Blue Dolphin Energy (OTCMKTS:BDCO) and PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blue Dolphin Energy and PDC Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Dolphin Energy $340.76 million 0.04 -$520,000.00 N/A N/A
PDC Energy $1.55 billion 1.02 $2.02 million ($2.96) -8.50

PDC Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Dolphin Energy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Blue Dolphin Energy and PDC Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Dolphin Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
PDC Energy 0 3 16 0 2.84

PDC Energy has a consensus price target of $50.06, suggesting a potential upside of 98.90%. Given PDC Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PDC Energy is more favorable than Blue Dolphin Energy.

Risk & Volatility

Blue Dolphin Energy has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PDC Energy has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Blue Dolphin Energy and PDC Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Dolphin Energy -1.46% -8.96% -6.67%
PDC Energy 7.73% -3.08% -1.63%


PDC Energy beats Blue Dolphin Energy on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blue Dolphin Energy Company Profile

Blue Dolphin Energy Company operates as an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States. The company produces finished products, including jet fuel, as well as intermediate products, such as naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas, atmospheric gas oil, and heavy oil-based mud blendstock; and conducts petroleum storage and terminaling operations under third party lease agreements at the Nixon facility. It also provides pipeline transportation services comprising gathering and transportation of oil and natural gas for producers/shippers operating offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Blue Dolphin Energy Company holds leasehold interests in the High Island Block 115; Galveston Area Block 321; and High Island Block 37. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Blue Dolphin Energy Company is a subsidiary of Lazarus Energy Holdings, LLC.

PDC Energy Company Profile

PDC Energy, Inc., an independent exploration and production company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its operations are primarily located in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Delaware Basin in Texas. The company was formerly known as Petroleum Development Corporation and changed its name to PDC Energy, Inc. in June 2012. PDC Energy, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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