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Abraxas Petroleum Corporation versus Comstock Resources Inc Head to Head Compare


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This is a head to head compare of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) and Comstock Resources Inc (NYSE:CRK) . We will compare the two companies on revenue growth, earnings, revenue per employee, operating margins, free cash flow and valuation. The head to head compare assigns 100 points in total.



Before we dive into the analysis, we will look at the stock returns for each company over the last three months, six months and the last year. The stock returns do not impact the head to head compare scores which are focused on the fundamentals of each company, but ultimately stock returns are are still a critical piece to a full analysis and compare.


Stock Returns
Symbol 3-Months 6-Months One-Year Fundamentals
AXAS -28.3% -4.3% +65.1%
CRK -9.5% -12.7% +126.1%

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation has a higher fundamental rating than Comstock Resources Inc which has an impact on the head-to-head comparison. The CML Star Rating is an objective, quantifiable measure of a company's operating and financial condition. The rating is computed by measuring numerous elements of the company's current financial data and their associated changes over time.

Now, let's dive into the two companies to compare them.

➤ Income Statement
First we turn to the income statement and compare revenue, earnings and revenue per employee for both companies. We note that simple revenue comparisons do not impact the rating.

Comstock Resources Inc has larger revenue in the last year than Abraxas Petroleum Corporation. Raw revenue comps do not affect the head to head rating.
Revenue

Both AXAS and CRK have negative earnings over the last year. But, the difference in the size of losses has limited impact on the head-to-head comparison.

Net Income


CRK generates massively larger revenue per employee ($1.9 million) than AXAS ($610,000).

Revenue per Employee
($ Millions)


➤ Margins
Next we create some derived metrics to compare the the amount of revenue earned per dollar of expense and the amount of free cash flow earned per dollar of revenue. Margins are one of the fairest ways to compare companies since they remove some of the bias of large versus small numbers.

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation generates $1.11 in revenue for every $1 of expense, while Comstock Resources Inc generates an operating loss of $0.36 in revenue per $1 of expense.

Revenue per Dollar of Expense


Both AXAS and CRK generate a cash flow loss, although AXAS shows a remarkably better cash flow margin.

Free Cash Flow
per Dollar of Revenue


➤ Growth
Finally we compare the financial metrics related to growth: revenue growth rates and price to sales.

Both companies have shrinking revenue. Comstock Resources Inc revenue is shrinking massively faster than Abraxas Petroleum Corporation.

Revenue Growth


For every $1 in revenue, the stock market prices in $8.52 in market cap for AXAS and $0.84 in market cap for CRK.

Price to Sales

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS)
defeats
Comstock Resources Inc (NYSE:CRK) : 88 to 12