SilverBow Resources (NYSE: SBOW) and Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY) 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 risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SilverBow Resources 16.06% 24.48% 6.47%
Stone Energy Corporation 41.74% -215.45% 29.97%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

31.0% of SilverBow Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.8% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SilverBow Resources and Stone Energy Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SilverBow Resources 0 1 1 0 2.50
Stone Energy Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00

SilverBow Resources currently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.11%. Stone Energy Corporation has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential downside of 73.97%. Given SilverBow Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than Stone Energy Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SilverBow Resources $179.00 million 1.44 $94.64 million N/A N/A
Stone Energy Corporation $364.82 million 1.37 $201.90 million N/A N/A

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

Summary

Stone Energy Corporation beats SilverBow Resources on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SilverBow Resources Company Profile

SilverBow Resources is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. With almost 30 years of history operating in South Texas, the Company possesses a significant understanding of regional reservoirs which they leverage to assemble drilling inventory.

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.

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