Analyzing PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) & Rex Energy (NYSE:REXX)

PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) and Rex Energy (NASDAQ:REXX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PetroChina and Rex Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PetroChina $348.77 billion 0.29 $7.95 billion $4.30 12.69
Rex Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

PetroChina has higher revenue and earnings than Rex Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for PetroChina and Rex Energy, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PetroChina 1 2 6 0 2.56
Rex Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

PetroChina presently has a consensus target price of $79.15, indicating a potential upside of 45.10%. Rex Energy has a consensus target price of $0.05, indicating a potential downside of 90.48%. Given PetroChina’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe PetroChina is more favorable than Rex Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of PetroChina shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.3% of Rex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.9% of Rex Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares PetroChina and Rex Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PetroChina 2.20% 3.72% 2.11%
Rex Energy N/A N/A N/A


PetroChina pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Rex Energy does not pay a dividend. PetroChina pays out 38.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


PetroChina beats Rex Energy on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PetroChina

PetroChina Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in a range of petroleum related products, services, and activities in Mainland China and internationally. It operates through Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline segments. The Exploration and Production segment engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil and natural gas. The Refining and Chemicals segment refines crude oil and petroleum products; and produces and markets primary petrochemical products, derivative petrochemical products, and other chemical products. The Marketing segment is involved in marketing of refined products and trading business. The Natural Gas and Pipeline segment engages in the transmission of natural gas, crude oil, and refined products; and sale of natural gas. As of December 31, 2018, the company had a total length of 83,527 km, including 51,751 km of natural gas pipelines, 20,048 km of crude oil pipelines, and 11,728 km of refined product pipelines. It is also involved in the exploration, development, and production of oil sands and coalbed methane; trading of crude oil and petrochemical products; storage, chemical engineering, storage facilities, service station, and transportation facilities and related businesses; import and export of goods and technology; and import and export agency business, as well as provision of technology promotion, professional contractor, and main contractor services. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. PetroChina Company Limited is a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation.

About Rex Energy

Rex Energy Corporation is an independent oil, natural gas liquid (NGL) and natural gas company. The Company has operations in the Appalachian Basin and Illinois Basin. In the Appalachian Basin, the Company is focused on its Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale and Upper Devonian (Burkett) Shale drilling and exploration activities. In the Illinois Basin, the Company is focused on its developmental oil drilling on its properties. The Company owns an interest in approximately 1,820 oil and natural gas wells. The Company produces an average of over 195.8 net millions of cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day, composed of approximately 62.4% natural gas, over 9.5% oil and approximately 28.1% NGLs. In the Illinois Basin, the Company produces an average of approximately 1,998 barrels of oil per day (bopd). Including both developed and undeveloped acreage, the Company controls approximately 99,200 gross (over 79,700 net) acres in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

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