Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) and Midstates Petroleum (NYSE:MPO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Pacific Coast Oil Trust and Midstates Petroleum, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0 0 1 0 3.00
Midstates Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Pacific Coast Oil Trust presently has a consensus price target of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.79%. Given Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pacific Coast Oil Trust is more favorable than Midstates Petroleum.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.1% of Pacific Coast Oil Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.8% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Pacific Coast Oil Trust and Midstates Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0.44% 0.08% 0.08%
Midstates Petroleum 600.76% -325.30% 205.80%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pacific Coast Oil Trust and Midstates Petroleum’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Coast Oil Trust $1.21 million 50.70 N/A N/A N/A
Midstates Petroleum N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


Pacific Coast Oil Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Midstates Petroleum does not pay a dividend.


Pacific Coast Oil Trust beats Midstates Petroleum on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pacific Coast Oil Trust

Pacific Coast Oil Trust is a statutory trust formed by Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (PCEC). The Trust is engaged in acquiring and holding net profits and royalty interests in certain oil and natural gas properties located in California for the benefit of the Trust unitholders. The Underlying Properties consist of producing and non-producing interests in oil units, wells and lands located onshore in California in the Santa Maria Basin, which contains PCEC’s Orcutt properties, and the Los Angeles Basin, which contains PCEC’s West Pico, East Coyote and Sawtelle properties. The Underlying Properties consist of the proved developed reserves referred to as the Developed Properties and all other development potential on the Underlying Properties, which are referred to as the Remaining Properties. Production from the Developed Properties attributable to the Trust is produced from wells that, because they have already been drilled and require limited additional capital expenditures.

About Midstates Petroleum

Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company operates oil and natural gas properties, and is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. It is focused on the application of drilling and completion techniques in oil and basins in the onshore United States. It conducts oil and gas operations, and owns and operates oil and gas properties in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Its Mississippian Lime assets consist of approximately 69,680 net prospective acres in the Mississippian Lime trend in Woods and Alfalfa Counties of Oklahoma, and approximately 12,160 net acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, which produces from, and is prospective in, the Hunton formation. Its Anadarko Basin assets consist of approximately 111,190 net acres in the Anadarko Basin, with over 82,530 net acres in Texas and over 28,650 net acres in western Oklahoma.

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