TransAtlantic Petroleum (NYSE: TAT) and Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for TransAtlantic Petroleum and Range Resources Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TransAtlantic Petroleum 0 1 0 0 2.00
Range Resources Corporation 1 3 19 0 2.78

TransAtlantic Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $1.20, indicating a potential upside of 38.46%. Range Resources Corporation has a consensus target price of $40.69, indicating a potential upside of 132.12%. Given Range Resources Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Range Resources Corporation is more favorable than TransAtlantic Petroleum.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.1% of Range Resources Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Range Resources Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Range Resources Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. TransAtlantic Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Range Resources Corporation pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares TransAtlantic Petroleum and Range Resources Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TransAtlantic Petroleum -97.65% -157.12% -34.93%
Range Resources Corporation 1.75% 0.67% 0.32%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TransAtlantic Petroleum and Range Resources Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TransAtlantic Petroleum $64.11 million 0.64 $36.66 million N/A N/A
Range Resources Corporation $2.03 billion 2.11 $914.36 million $0.08 219.15

Range Resources Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than TransAtlantic Petroleum.

Summary

Range Resources Corporation beats TransAtlantic Petroleum on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TransAtlantic Petroleum

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is an international oil and natural gas company engaged in acquisition, exploration, development and production. Its segments include Turkey and Bulgaria. The Company holds interests in approximately 880,000 and 567,000 net acres of developed and undeveloped oil and natural gas properties in Turkey and Bulgaria, respectively. The Company holds interests in over 20 onshore and offshore exploration licenses and approximately 25 onshore production leases covering a total of over 1.4 million gross acres in Turkey. All of its oil production is concentrated in southeastern Turkey, primarily in the Arpatepe, Bahar, Goksu and Selmo oil fields, and its natural gas production is concentrated in the Thrace Basin, which is located in northwestern Turkey near Istanbul. The Company holds interests in an onshore exploration license and an onshore production concession covering a total of approximately 567,110 acres in Bulgaria.

About Range Resources Corporation

Range Resources Corporation is an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and oil company. The Company is engaged in the exploration and production of natural gas, NGLs and oil in the United States. It is engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of natural gas and crude oil properties located primarily in the Appalachian and North Louisiana regions of the United States. Its principal areas of operation are the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and the Lower Cotton Valley formation of North Louisiana. Its properties consist of interests in developed and undeveloped natural gas and oil leases. Its properties in the Appalachian region are located in the Appalachian Basin in the northeastern United States, predominantly in Pennsylvania. The Company’s other operations include drilling, production and field operations in the Texas Panhandle, as well as in the Anadarko Basin of Western Oklahoma and the Nemaha Uplift of Northern Oklahoma and Kansas.

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