Ultra Petroleum Corp (NYSE: UPL) and Midstates Petroleum (NYSE:MPO) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Ultra Petroleum Corp and Midstates Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ultra Petroleum Corp -15.95% N/A -9.33%
Midstates Petroleum 607.09% 2,904.50% 201.54%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Ultra Petroleum Corp and Midstates Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ultra Petroleum Corp 0 0 2 0 3.00
Midstates Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ultra Petroleum Corp currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 58.37%. Given Ultra Petroleum Corp’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Ultra Petroleum Corp is more favorable than Midstates Petroleum.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ultra Petroleum Corp and Midstates Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ultra Petroleum Corp $763.81 million 2.09 $551.97 million N/A N/A
Midstates Petroleum N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ultra Petroleum Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Midstates Petroleum.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.8% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Midstates Petroleum beats Ultra Petroleum Corp on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ultra Petroleum Corp

Ultra Petroleum Corp. (Ultra) is an oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the development, production, operation, exploration and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal business activities are developing its natural gas reserves in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming-the Pinedale and Jonah fields, its oil reserves in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah and its natural gas reserves in the north-central Pennsylvania area of the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations in the United States. The Company focuses on sands of the upper Cretaceous Lance Pool in the Pinedale and Jonah fields. The Lance Pool includes sands of the Lance formation at depths between approximately 8,000 and 12,000 feet and the Mesaverde formation at depths between approximately 12,000 and 14,000 feet. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned oil and natural gas leases totaling approximately 105,000 gross (69,000 net) acres in southwest Wyoming’s Green River Basin.

About Midstates Petroleum

Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company operates oil and natural gas properties, and is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. It is focused on the application of drilling and completion techniques in oil and basins in the onshore United States. It conducts oil and gas operations, and owns and operates oil and gas properties in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Its Mississippian Lime assets consist of approximately 69,680 net prospective acres in the Mississippian Lime trend in Woods and Alfalfa Counties of Oklahoma, and approximately 12,160 net acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, which produces from, and is prospective in, the Hunton formation. Its Anadarko Basin assets consist of approximately 111,190 net acres in the Anadarko Basin, with over 82,530 net acres in Texas and over 28,650 net acres in western Oklahoma.

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