Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) and Ivanhoe Energy (NYSE:IVANF) Critical Comparison

Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) and Ivanhoe Energy (OTCMKTS:IVANF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Noble Energy and Ivanhoe Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noble Energy 0 4 15 0 2.79
Ivanhoe Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Noble Energy currently has a consensus target price of $35.20, indicating a potential upside of 65.87%. Given Noble Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Noble Energy is more favorable than Ivanhoe Energy.


Noble Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Ivanhoe Energy does not pay a dividend. Noble Energy pays out 53.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.9% of Noble Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Noble Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Noble Energy and Ivanhoe Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noble Energy -19.93% 0.87% 0.43%
Ivanhoe Energy N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Noble Energy and Ivanhoe Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noble Energy $4.99 billion 2.04 -$66.00 million $0.90 23.58
Ivanhoe Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ivanhoe Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Noble Energy.


Noble Energy beats Ivanhoe Energy on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Noble Energy Company Profile

Noble Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. The company owns, operates, develops, and acquires domestic midstream infrastructure assets in the DJ and Delaware Basins. Its principal assets are located in the US onshore unconventional basins and various global offshore conventional basins in the Eastern Mediterranean and off the west coast of Africa. As of December 31, 2018, the company had 1,929 million barrels oil equivalent of total proved reserves. Noble Energy, Inc. was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Ivanhoe Energy Company Profile

Ivanhoe Energy, Inc. engages in heavy-oil exploration and development. It focuses on pursuing long term growth in its reserve base and production using advanced technologies. The company was founded by Robert Martin Friedland on February 21, 1995 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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