Financial Contrast: Gulfport Energy (GPOR) and Devon Energy (DVN)

Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) and Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.2% of Devon Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of Gulfport Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Devon Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Gulfport Energy shares are owned 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.


Devon Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Gulfport Energy does not pay a dividend. Devon Energy pays out 14.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Devon Energy and Gulfport Energy, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Devon Energy 0 4 17 0 2.81
Gulfport Energy 1 4 15 0 2.70

Devon Energy presently has a consensus target price of $46.00, indicating a potential upside of 41.02%. Gulfport Energy has a consensus target price of $18.96, indicating a potential upside of 78.72%. Given Gulfport Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Gulfport Energy is more favorable than Devon Energy.


This table compares Devon Energy and Gulfport Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Devon Energy 10.04% 6.92% 3.02%
Gulfport Energy 32.96% 8.64% 4.70%

Volatility & Risk

Devon Energy has a beta of 2.26, indicating that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulfport Energy has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Devon Energy $13.95 billion 1.23 $898.00 million $1.72 18.97
Gulfport Energy $1.32 billion 1.47 $435.15 million $2.43 4.37

Devon Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Gulfport Energy. Gulfport Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Devon Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Devon Energy Company Profile

Devon Energy Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company also controls EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P. (EnLink). The Company’s segments include U.S., Canada and EnLink. The Company is engaged primarily in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company’s operations are concentrated in various North American onshore areas in the United States and Canada. The Company’s U.S. and Canada segments are primarily engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities. EnLink is a master limited partnership (MLP) with a midstream business and operations located across the United States. EnLink focuses on providing gathering, transmission, processing, storage, fractionation and marketing to upstream oil and natural gas producers. The Company’s properties include Barnett Shale, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Heavy Oil, Rockies Oil and STACK.

Gulfport Energy Company Profile

Gulfport Energy Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the exploitation and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil in the United States. The Company’s properties are located in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the West Cote Blanche Bay (WCBB) and Hackberry fields. The Company also has an interest in producing properties in Northwestern Colorado in the Niobrara Formation and in Western North Dakota in the Bakken Formation. The Company also holds an acreage position in the Alberta oil sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and an interest in an entity that operates in the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand. The Company also owns interests in various fields, which includes Deer Island, Fay South, Crest, Squaw Cheek, Green River Basin and Watonga Chickasha Trend.

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