Geopark (NYSE: GPRK) and Ring Energy (NYSE:REI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Geopark and Ring Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geopark -15.19% -21.79% -5.07%
Ring Energy N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Geopark and Ring Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geopark 0 0 5 0 3.00
Ring Energy 0 0 6 0 3.00

Geopark currently has a consensus price target of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 43.75%. Ring Energy has a consensus price target of $18.60, suggesting a potential upside of 44.41%. Given Ring Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ring Energy is more favorable than Geopark.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.0% of Geopark shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Geopark and Ring Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geopark $252.12 million 1.91 $126.42 million ($0.65) -12.31
Ring Energy $42.26 million 16.50 $21.77 million N/A N/A

Geopark has higher revenue and earnings than Ring Energy.

Summary

Ring Energy beats Geopark on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Geopark

GeoPark Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. As of December 31, 2016, the company had working and/or economic interests in 26 hydrocarbons blocks, as well as shallow-offshore concession in Brazil that includes the Manati Field. It had net proved reserves of 73.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as GeoPark Holdings Limited and changed its name to GeoPark Limited in July 2013. GeoPark Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Santiago, Chile.

About Ring Energy

Ring Energy, Inc. acquires, explores for, develops, and produces oil and natural gas in Texas and Kansas, the United States. As of December 31, 2016, its proved reserves consisted of approximately 27.7 million barrel of oil equivalent. The company also owns interests in 32,663 net developed and undeveloped acres in Andrews and Gaines counties, and 20,490 net developed and undeveloped acres in Reeves and Culberson counties, Texas; and 14,549 net developed and undeveloped acres in Kansas. It primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. The company was formerly known as Transglobal Mining Corp. and changed its name to Ring Energy, Inc. in March 2008. Ring Energy, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

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