Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B (NYSE: TGS) and Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B and Unit Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B 19.92% 65.69% 20.26%
Unit Corporation 4.28% 2.33% 1.14%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B and Unit Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B $501.12 million 6.68 $63.00 million $0.79 26.68
Unit Corporation $602.18 million 1.76 -$135.62 million $0.58 34.50

Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Unit Corporation. Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Unit Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unit Corporation has a beta of 2.85, indicating that its stock price is 185% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B and Unit Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B 0 0 1 0 3.00
Unit Corporation 0 3 2 0 2.40

Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.60%. Unit Corporation has a consensus target price of $24.60, indicating a potential upside of 22.94%. Given Unit Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Unit Corporation is more favorable than Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

8.4% of Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Unit Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Unit Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Transportadora De Gas Sa Ord B Company Profile

Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. is engaged in the transportation of natural gas and production and commercialization of natural gas liquids (Liquids). The Company operates through four segments: Natural Gas Transportation Services, Liquids Production and Commercialization, Other Services and Telecommunications. The Company’s pipeline system connects gas fields in southern and western Argentina with gas distributors and industries in those areas and in the greater Buenos Aires area. It also provides midstream services, which consist of gas treatment, removal of impurities from the natural gas stream, gas compression, wellhead gas gathering and pipeline construction, operation and maintenance services. The Company transports gas through approximately 5,675 miles of pipeline, of which it owns 4,745 miles. It operates the remaining 930 miles, which are owned by the Gas Trusts.

Unit Corporation Company Profile

Unit Corporation is an oil and natural gas contract drilling company. The Company has operations in the exploration and production and mid-stream areas. The Company operates through three segments: Oil and Natural Gas, Contract Drilling and Mid-Stream. It is primarily engaged in the exploration, development, acquisition, and production of oil and natural gas properties, the land contract drilling of natural gas and oil wells, and the buying, selling, gathering, processing and treating of natural gas. Its Oil and Natural Gas operations are carried out by its subsidiary Unit Petroleum Company. Contract Drilling operations are carried out by its subsidiary Unit Drilling Company. Its drills onshore oil and natural gas wells for its own account, as well as for other oil and natural gas companies. Its Mid-Stream operations are carried out by its subsidiary Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. Its mid-stream operations consist of buying, selling, gathering, processing and treating natural gas.

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