Head-To-Head Comparison: Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ:BRY) vs. W&T Offshore (NYSE:WTI)

Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ:BRY) and W&T Offshore (NYSE:WTI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Berry Petroleum and W&T Offshore’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Berry Petroleum $559.41 million 0.68 $43.54 million $1.35 3.53
W&T Offshore $534.90 million 0.80 $74.09 million $0.60 5.00

W&T Offshore has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Berry Petroleum. Berry Petroleum is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than W&T Offshore, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Berry Petroleum and W&T Offshore, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berry Petroleum 1 2 1 0 2.00
W&T Offshore 0 2 1 0 2.33

Berry Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $5.17, suggesting a potential upside of 8.32%. W&T Offshore has a consensus target price of $2.90, suggesting a potential downside of 3.33%. Given Berry Petroleum’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Berry Petroleum is more favorable than W&T Offshore.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.5% of Berry Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.6% of W&T Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Berry Petroleum shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.1% of W&T Offshore shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Berry Petroleum has a beta of 2.94, suggesting that its stock price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, W&T Offshore has a beta of 3.16, suggesting that its stock price is 216% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Berry Petroleum and W&T Offshore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berry Petroleum -35.49% 8.20% 4.51%
W&T Offshore 31.40% -21.21% 4.67%

Summary

W&T Offshore beats Berry Petroleum on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Berry Petroleum

Berry Petroleum Company, LLC., formerly Berry Petroleum Company, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the production, development, exploitation, and acquisition of oil and natural gas. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in California (South Midway-Sunset (SMWSS)-Steam Floods, North Midway-Sunset (NMWSS)-Diatomite, NMWSS-New Steam Floods, Texas (Permian and E. Texas), Utah (Uinta) and Colorado (Piceance). The Company’s operations are conducted in the continental United States. In December 2013, Linn Energy LLC and Linn Co, LLC (Linn Co) announced the completion of the merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company (Berry), where LinnCo had acquired all of Berry’s interest.

About W&T Offshore

W&T Offshore, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas producer, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. The company sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. It holds working interests in approximately 51 offshore fields in federal and state waters. The company also owns interests in approximately 146 offshore structures. It has interests in offshore leases covering approximately 550,000 net acres spanning across the Outer Continental Shelf off the coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. As of December 31, 2019, its total proved reserves were 157.4 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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