Carbon Energy (OTCMKTS:CRBO) versus Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) Critical Contrast

Carbon Energy (OTCMKTS:CRBOGet Rating) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MROGet Rating) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.2% of Marathon Oil shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of Carbon Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Marathon Oil shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Carbon Energy and Marathon Oil, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carbon Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Marathon Oil 1 3 9 1 2.71

Marathon Oil has a consensus price target of $31.27, suggesting a potential upside of 35.35%. Given Marathon Oil’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Marathon Oil is more favorable than Carbon Energy.

Risk & Volatility

Carbon Energy has a beta of -0.13, meaning that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Oil has a beta of 2.56, meaning that its share price is 156% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Carbon Energy and Marathon Oil’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carbon Energy $116.63 million 0.00 $1.10 million N/A N/A
Marathon Oil $5.47 billion 2.99 $946.00 million $2.87 8.05

Marathon Oil has higher revenue and earnings than Carbon Energy.


This table compares Carbon Energy and Marathon Oil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carbon Energy N/A N/A N/A
Marathon Oil 35.01% 16.78% 10.43%


Marathon Oil beats Carbon Energy on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carbon Energy Company Profile (Get Rating)

Carbon Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids properties in the United States. It focuses on conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including shale, tight sand, and coalbed methane located in the Appalachian, Illinois, and Ventura Basins. As of December 31, 2018, it owned working interests in 7,100 net wells and royalty interests in approximately 900 wells located in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as had leasehold positions in approximately 340,700 net developed acres and approximately 1,319,200 net undeveloped acres. The company was formerly known as Carbon Natural Gas Company and changed its name to Carbon Energy Corporation in June 2018. Carbon Energy Corporation was founded in 2007 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Marathon Oil Company Profile (Get Rating)

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an independent exploration and production company in the United States and internationally. The company engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas; and the production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol. It also owns and operates 32 central gathering and treating facilities; and the Sugarloaf gathering system, a 42-mile natural gas pipeline through Karnes and Atascosa Counties. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in December 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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