Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE: SGY) and Escalera Resources (NASDAQ:ESCR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Stone Energy Corporation and Escalera Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stone Energy Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00
Escalera Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stone Energy Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential downside of 69.78%. Given Stone Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Stone Energy Corporation is more favorable than Escalera Resources.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Escalera Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stone Energy Corporation $382.17 million 1.13 $194.01 million ($599.66) -0.04
Escalera Resources N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Stone Energy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Escalera Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.3% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Escalera Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stone Energy Corporation -7.94% -80.70% 22.82%
Escalera Resources -44.69% N/A -10.12%

Summary

Stone Energy Corporation beats Escalera Resources on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stone Energy Corporation Company Profile

Stone Energy Corporation is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) basin. It has leveraged its operations in the GOM conventional shelf and has its reserve base in the prolific basins of the GOM deep water, Gulf Coast deep gas, and the Marcellus and Utica shales in Appalachia. Its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves are over 60 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBoe) or 340 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). Over 95 MMBoe or 570 Bcfe of its estimated proved reserves are revised downward. It has made investments in seismic data and leasehold interests, and has geological, geophysical, engineering and operational operations in deep water arena to evaluate potential exploration, development and acquisition opportunities. It holds over two deep water platforms, producing reserves and various leases.

Escalera Resources Company Profile

Escalera Resources Co. is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development, production and sale of natural gas and crude oil, primarily in the Rocky Mountain Basins of the western United States. The Company’s production primarily consists of natural gas from properties located in Wyoming, of which are coalbed methane (CBM) reserves and production in the Atlantic Rim area of the eastern Washakie Basin, and tight gas reserves and production on the Pinedale Anticline in the Green River Basin. The Company’s Atlantic Rim production originates from two operating units: the Catalina Unit and the Spyglass Hill Unit (which includes the Sun Dog, Doty Mountain, and Grace Point participating areas (PA)). The Company operates the Catalina Unit and has a non-operated working interests in the Spyglass Hill Unit.

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