Reviewing Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC) & WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR (NYSE:WOPEY)

Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC) and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR (OTCMKTS:WOPEY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.


This table compares Cimarex Energy and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cimarex Energy -8.80% 10.97% 5.53%

Risk and Volatility

Cimarex Energy has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.0% of Cimarex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Cimarex Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cimarex Energy and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cimarex Energy $2.36 billion 0.73 -$124.62 million $4.46 3.80
WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR $4.87 billion 2.13 $343.00 million N/A N/A

WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Cimarex Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Cimarex Energy and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cimarex Energy 2 5 12 0 2.53
WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR 1 0 0 0 1.00

Cimarex Energy presently has a consensus target price of $47.47, indicating a potential upside of 179.75%. Given Cimarex Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Cimarex Energy is more favorable than WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR.


Cimarex Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. Cimarex Energy pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cimarex Energy has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.


Cimarex Energy beats WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cimarex Energy

Cimarex Energy Co. operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company primarily in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. As of December 31, 2018, it had a total proved reserves of 591.2 million barrels of oil equivalent, consisting of 1.59 trillion cubic feet of natural gas; 146.5 million barrels (MMBbls) of oil; and 179.4 MMBbls of natural gas liquids primarily located in the Permian Basin and Mid-Continent regions. The company also owned interests in 2,902 net productive oil and gas wells. Cimarex Energy Co. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.


Woodside Petroleum Ltd engages in the exploration, evaluation, development, production, marketing, and sale of hydrocarbons in Oceania, Asia, Canada, Africa, and internationally. The company produces liquefied natural gas, pipeline natural gas, condensate, liquefied petroleum gas, and crude oil. It holds interests in the Greater Browse, Greater Sunrise, Greater Pluto, Greater Exmouth, North West Shelf, Wheatstone, Canada, Senegal, Greater Scarborough, and Myanmar projects. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Perth, Australia.

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