Financial Survey: Range Resources-Louisiana (MRD) vs. EXCO Resources (XCO)

Range Resources-Louisiana (NASDAQ: MRD) and EXCO Resources (NYSE:XCO) are both companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Range Resources-Louisiana and EXCO Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Range Resources-Louisiana 0 0 0 0 N/A
EXCO Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and EXCO Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Range Resources-Louisiana -197.84% -39.17% -21.83%
EXCO Resources 25.72% N/A -4.60%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and EXCO Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Range Resources-Louisiana N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EXCO Resources $271.00 million 0.05 -$225.25 million N/A N/A

Range Resources-Louisiana has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EXCO Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.3% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.3% of EXCO Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.1% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of EXCO Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

EXCO Resources beats Range Resources-Louisiana on 4 of the 6 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Range Resources-Louisiana

Range Resources-Louisiana, Inc., formerly Memorial Resource Development Corp, is an independent natural gas and oil company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties with substantially all of its activities in the Terryville Complex of North Louisiana. The Company’s segments include MRD and Memorial Production Partners LP (MEMP). The MRD Segment is focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties primarily in the Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The MEMP Segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties, with assets consisting primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties that are located in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming and offshore Southern California. The MEMP segment reflects the combined operations of MEMP and its subsidiaries.

About EXCO Resources

EXCO Resources, Inc. (EXCO) is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, exploitation, acquisition, development and production of onshore United States oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays. The Company’s principal operations are conducted in certain United States oil and natural gas areas, including Texas, Louisiana and the Appalachia region. The Company holds acreage positions in approximately three shale plays in the United States, including East Texas and North Louisiana, South Texas and Appalachia. In East Texas and North Louisiana, the Company holds approximately 83,800 net acres in the Haynesville and Bossier shales. In South Texas, it holds approximately 65,800 net acres in the Eagle Ford shale. In Appalachia, the Company holds approximately 137,400 net acres prospective in the Marcellus shale.

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