Geopark (NYSE: GPRK) and Ocean Rig UDW (NASDAQ:ORIG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.6% of Geopark shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.7% of Ocean Rig UDW shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Geopark and Ocean Rig UDW’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geopark $222.81 million 2.31 $105.74 million ($0.61) -14.05
Ocean Rig UDW N/A N/A N/A ($40.71) -0.01

Geopark has higher revenue and earnings than Ocean Rig UDW. Geopark is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ocean Rig UDW, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Geopark and Ocean Rig UDW, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geopark 0 0 4 0 3.00
Ocean Rig UDW 0 1 0 0 2.00

Geopark presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.02%. Ocean Rig UDW has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential upside of 369.26%. Given Ocean Rig UDW’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ocean Rig UDW is more favorable than Geopark.


This table compares Geopark and Ocean Rig UDW’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geopark -16.25% -22.34% -5.54%
Ocean Rig UDW -195.64% 16.32% 5.96%

Volatility and Risk

Geopark has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ocean Rig UDW has a beta of 1.79, meaning that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Geopark beats Ocean Rig UDW on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ocean Rig UDW

Ocean Rig UDW Inc is a Cyprus-based offshore drilling contractor that provides oilfield services for oil and gas exploration, development and production drilling, and specializes in the ultra-deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the drilling industry. The Company owns and operates approximately 13 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and ultra deepwater drill-ships. The Company’s drilling units include Leiv Eiriksson, Ocean Rig Corcovado, Ocean Rig Poseidon, Ocean Rig Mykonos, Ocean Rig Mylos, Ocean Rig Skyros and Ocean Rig Athena. In addition, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, provides supervisory management services including onshore management to its operating drilling units and drilling units under construction.

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