Cardinal Energy Group (OTCMKTS: CEGX) and Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE:SGY) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Cardinal Energy Group and Stone Energy Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Stone Energy Corporation has a consensus price target of $6.50, indicating a potential downside of 73.97%. Given Stone Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Stone Energy Corporation is more favorable than Cardinal Energy Group.

Volatility & Risk

Cardinal Energy Group has a beta of -5.62, suggesting that its stock price is 662% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stone Energy Corporation has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.8% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of Cardinal Energy Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cardinal Energy Group N/A N/A N/A
Stone Energy Corporation 41.74% -215.45% 29.97%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cardinal Energy Group and Stone Energy Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cardinal Energy Group $247,881.00 8.73 -$732,086.00 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 Cardinal Energy Group.

Summary

Stone Energy Corporation beats Cardinal Energy Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cardinal Energy Group Company Profile

Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. is engaged in the business of acquiring, developing and operating oil and gas leases. These operations are primarily focused on properties in which it holds a leasehold interest. The Company owns interests in oil and gas leases located in the north-central section of Texas. It holds approximately 85% working interest in the Dawson-Conway leases located in Shackelford County, Texas. The property consists of approximately 41 wells on over 618 acres. It holds approximately 100% working interest in the Powers-Sanders lease located in Shackelford County, Texas. The property consists of approximately 385 acres and over five producing oil wells. It holds approximately 100% working interest in the Stroebel-Broyles leases located in Eastland County, Texas. It holds approximately 43.75% working interest in the Fortune prospect located in Shackelford County, Texas. It holds over 100% working interest in the Bradford West lease.

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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