Diamondback Energy Inc versus Pioneer Natural Resources Company Head to Head Compare

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This is a head to head compare of Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG) and Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) . 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
FANG -2.6% -1.8% +21.7%
PXD -6.1% -7.1% +15.3%

Diamondback Energy Inc has a higher fundamental rating than Pioneer Natural Resources Company 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.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company has substantially higher revenue in the last year than Diamondback Energy Inc. Raw revenue comps do not affect the head to head rating.

Both FANG and PXD have negative earnings over the last year. But, PXD has substantially larger losses than FANG and that difference has an impact on this head-to-head comparison.

Net Income

FANG generates massively larger revenue per employee ($3.3 million) than PXD ($1.1 million).

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.

Diamondback Energy Inc generates $1.61 in revenue for every $1 of expense, while Pioneer Natural Resources Company generates an operating loss of $0.94 in revenue per $1 of expense.

Revenue per Dollar of Expense

PXD generates $0.08 in levered free cash flow for every $1 of revenue, while FANG generates a cash flow loss of $-1.67 per $1 of revenue.

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 are growing revenue. Pioneer Natural Resources Company is growing revenue notably faster than Diamondback Energy Inc.

Revenue Growth

For every $1 in revenue, the stock market prices in $18.27 in market cap for FANG and $8.32 in market cap for PXD.

Price to Sales

Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG)
Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) : 64 to 36