Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE: SGY) and Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ARP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 157.2%. Stone Energy Corporation does not pay a dividend. Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. pays out -5.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Stone Energy Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Atlas Resource Partners, L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stone Energy Corporation $364.82 million 1.65 $201.90 million N/A N/A
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. N/A N/A N/A ($9.00) -0.04

Stone Energy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Atlas Resource Partners, L.P..

Profitability

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Atlas Resource Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stone Energy Corporation 41.74% -215.45% 29.97%
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. N/A N/A -35.27%

Risk & Volatility

Stone Energy Corporation has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Stone Energy Corporation and Atlas Resource Partners, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stone Energy Corporation 1 2 1 0 2.00
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stone Energy Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $5.17, suggesting a potential downside of 82.83%. Given Stone Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Stone Energy Corporation is more favorable than Atlas Resource Partners, L.P..

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.3% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Stone Energy Corporation beats Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Company Profile

Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. is an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL), with operations in basins across the United States. The Company is a sponsor and manager of tax-advantaged investment partnerships (drilling partnerships), in which it co-invests, to finance a portion of its natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids production activities. The Company operates through three segments: gas and oil production, well construction and completion, and other partnership management. Its production positions are in the areas, including Barnett Shale/Marble Falls, Appalachian Basin, Coal-Bed Methane, Rangely, Eagle Ford, Mississippi Lime/Hunton and Chattanooga Shale. The Barnett Shale and Marble Falls play are located east of the Bend Arch and west of the Quachita Thrust in the Fort Worth Basin of northern Texas. It has various coal-bed methane developments across coal-bed methane producing areas.

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