Lonestar Resources US (NASDAQ:LONE) versus ENI (NASDAQ:E) Head to Head Review

Lonestar Resources US (NASDAQ:LONE) and ENI (NYSE:E) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Lonestar Resources US and ENI, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lonestar Resources US 0 0 5 0 3.00
ENI 1 3 4 0 2.38

Lonestar Resources US presently has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 385.44%. ENI has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 45.83%. Given Lonestar Resources US’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Lonestar Resources US is more favorable than ENI.

Dividends

ENI pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Lonestar Resources US does not pay a dividend. ENI pays out 44.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ENI has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Lonestar Resources US has a beta of 2.44, meaning that its share price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ENI has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lonestar Resources US and ENI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lonestar Resources US -9.68% 1.78% 0.45%
ENI 5.65% 8.88% 3.74%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.5% of Lonestar Resources US shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of ENI shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Lonestar Resources US shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lonestar Resources US and ENI’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lonestar Resources US $201.17 million 0.26 $19.35 million ($0.07) -29.43
ENI $89.53 billion 0.64 $4.87 billion $3.00 10.46

ENI has higher revenue and earnings than Lonestar Resources US. Lonestar Resources US is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ENI, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ENI beats Lonestar Resources US on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lonestar Resources US Company Profile

Lonestar Resources US Inc., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, and production of unconventional oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas properties in the United States. The company primarily focuses on Eagle Ford Shale properties that cover an area of 57,491 net acres in Texas counties. Lonestar Resources US Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

ENI Company Profile

Eni S.p.A. engages in the oil and gas, electricity generation and sale, and petrochemicals businesses. The company is involved in the oil and natural gas exploration, and field development and production activities, as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations in 43 countries, including Italy, Libya, Egypt, Norway, the United Kingdom, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, the United States, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Australia, Iraq, Indonesia, Ghana, Mozambique, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. It also supplies, trades in, and markets gas and electricity; transports international gas; supplies crude oil; and refines and markets petroleum products at retail and wholesale markets primarily in Italy and rest of Europe. In addition, the company engages in the commodity risk management and asset-backed trading activities; and production of various chemicals, including olefins and aromatics, basic intermediate products, polystyrenes, elastomers, and polyethylene in Italy and Western Europe. Further, it is involved in commodity trading and derivatives. Eni S.p.A. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

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