VOC Energy Trust (NYSE: VOC) and InterOil (NYSE:IOC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and InterOil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VOC Energy Trust 86.69% 6.29% 6.29%
InterOil -233.48% -14.08% -8.85%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for VOC Energy Trust and InterOil, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
InterOil 0 2 0 0 2.00

InterOil has a consensus price target of $51.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.46%. Given InterOil’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe InterOil is more favorable than VOC Energy Trust.

Dividends

VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 19.0%. InterOil does not pay a dividend. VOC Energy Trust pays out 262.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, InterOil has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.6% of VOC Energy Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.6% of InterOil shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and InterOil’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VOC Energy Trust $6.27 million 11.98 $5.44 million $0.32 13.81
InterOil N/A N/A N/A ($3.70) -13.07

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

Summary

VOC Energy Trust beats InterOil on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

VOC Energy Trust Company Profile

VOC Energy Trust is a statutory trust formed by VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P. (VOC Brazos). The business and affairs of the Company are managed by The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee. The Company was created to acquire and hold the net profits interest for the benefit of its unitholders. VOC Brazos’ properties include interests in approximately 820 gross producing wells covering over 91,490 gross acres. VOC Brazos’ properties are developed properties located in oil and natural gas producing regions of Kansas and Texas. VOC Brazos’ fields in the Central Kansas Uplift include Fairport Field, Chase-Silica Field and Marcotte Field. VOC Brazos’ fields in Western Kansas include the Bindley, Moore-Johnson and Wesley fields. VOC Brazos’ fields in South Central Kansas include the Gerberding, Spivey Grabs and Alford fields. VOC Brazos’ proved reserved in Texas are located in the Central Texas and East Texas areas.

InterOil Company Profile

InterOil Corporation (InterOil) is an oil and gas business with a sole focus on Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Company’s segments include Upstream and Corporate. The Upstream segment includes exploration, appraisal and development of hydrocarbon structures in PNG. The Corporate segment provides support to the Company’s other business segments through business development and improvement activities, general services, administration, human resources, executive management, financing and treasury, government affairs and investor relations. InterOil holds interests across over four exploration and approximately two production retention licenses in the Eastern Papuan Basin of Papua New Guinea. Its assets include the Elk, Antelope, Triceratops, Raptor and Bobcat fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea, and exploration licenses covering approximately 16,000 square kilometers (over four million acres) in Papua New Guinea.

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