Head to Head Survey: Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) & ECA Marcellus Trust I (OTCMKTS:ECT)

ECA Marcellus Trust I (OTCMKTS:ECTGet Free Report) and Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRKGet Free Report) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ECA Marcellus Trust I and Comstock Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ECA Marcellus Trust I $4.15 million 1.70 $2.90 million N/A N/A
Comstock Resources $1.57 billion 2.00 $211.12 million $0.22 48.77

Comstock Resources has higher revenue and earnings than ECA Marcellus Trust I.

Profitability

This table compares ECA Marcellus Trust I and Comstock Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ECA Marcellus Trust I 46.53% 4.37% 4.32%
Comstock Resources 4.27% 1.25% 0.48%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for ECA Marcellus Trust I and Comstock Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ECA Marcellus Trust I 0 0 0 0 N/A
Comstock Resources 2 4 2 0 2.00

Comstock Resources has a consensus price target of $10.08, indicating a potential downside of 6.03%. Given Comstock Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Comstock Resources is more favorable than ECA Marcellus Trust I.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of ECA Marcellus Trust I shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.1% of Comstock Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Comstock Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

ECA Marcellus Trust I has a beta of 2, suggesting that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comstock Resources has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Comstock Resources beats ECA Marcellus Trust I on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ECA Marcellus Trust I

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ECA Marcellus Trust I is a statutory trust. It owns royalty interest in producing wells and development wells. It also acquires horizontal natural gas development wells to be drilled to the Marcellus Shale formation. The company was founded in March 2010 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

About Comstock Resources

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Comstock Resources, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. Its assets are located in the Haynesville and Bossier shales located in North Louisiana and East Texas. The company was incorporated in 1919 and is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.

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