Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ARP) and SilverBow Resources (NYSE:SBOW) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. and SilverBow Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A
SilverBow Resources 0 1 3 0 2.75

SilverBow Resources has a consensus target price of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 40.43%. Given SilverBow Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than Atlas Resource Partners, L.P..

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.0% of SilverBow Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. and SilverBow Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. N/A N/A -35.27%
SilverBow Resources 16.06% 24.48% 6.47%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. and SilverBow Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. N/A N/A N/A ($9.00) -0.04
SilverBow Resources $179.00 million 1.45 $94.64 million N/A N/A

SilverBow Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Atlas Resource Partners, L.P..

Dividends

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

Summary

SilverBow Resources beats Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atlas Resource Partners, L.P.

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.

About SilverBow Resources

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.

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