Head to Head Review: Range Resources-Louisiana (NASDAQ:MRD) versus Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO)

Range Resources-Louisiana (NASDAQ: MRD) and Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and Carrizo Oil & Gas’ gross 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 $0.23 N/A
Carrizo Oil & Gas $745.89 million 1.70 $87.11 million $1.24 12.55

Carrizo Oil & Gas has higher revenue and earnings than Range Resources-Louisiana. Range Resources-Louisiana is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Carrizo Oil & Gas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Range Resources-Louisiana and Carrizo Oil & Gas, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Range Resources-Louisiana 0 0 0 0 N/A
Carrizo Oil & Gas 0 8 12 0 2.60

Carrizo Oil & Gas has a consensus target price of $28.24, suggesting a potential upside of 81.46%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are held by institutional investors. 51.1% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Carrizo Oil & Gas shares are held by 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.


This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and Carrizo Oil & Gas’ 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%
Carrizo Oil & Gas 11.68% 48.04% 5.02%


Carrizo Oil & Gas beats Range Resources-Louisiana on 6 of the 9 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 Carrizo Oil & Gas

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is an energy company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas from resource plays located in the United States. Its operations are focused in proven, producing oil and gas plays in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Delaware Basin in West Texas, the Utica Shale in Ohio, the Niobrara Formation in Colorado, and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s proved reserves of 200 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) were 64% crude oil, 12% natural gas liquids (NGLs) and 24% natural gas. As of December 31, 2016, it operated approximately 94% of the wells in Eagle Ford in which it held an interest. As of December 31, 2016, it held an average interest of approximately 85% in these operated wells. As of December 31, 2016, it owned leases covering approximately 309,200 gross (179,179 net) acres in the Eagle Ford, Niobrara, Utica and the Delaware Basin areas.

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