Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS: TPLM) and Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Stone Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A
Stone Energy 68.43% 590.23% 37.33%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.1% of Stone Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Stone Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Stone Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.01 -$822.34 million N/A N/A
Stone Energy $377.39 million 1.41 -$590.58 million N/A N/A

Stone Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Triangle Petroleum and Stone Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Stone Energy 0 3 1 0 2.25

Stone Energy has a consensus target price of $5.08, indicating a potential downside of 80.85%. Given Stone Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stone Energy is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Summary

Stone Energy beats Triangle Petroleum on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Triangle Petroleum

Triangle Petroleum Corporation (Triangle) is an energy holding company. The Company operates through two segments: exploration and production segment, and oilfield services segment. The focus of the exploration and production operating segment is finding and producing oil and natural gas. The focus of the oilfield services operating segment is pressure pumping and complementary services for both TUSA-operated wells and third-party-operated wells. The Company has three principal lines of business: oil and natural gas exploration, development and production; oilfield services, and midstream services. It conducts these activities in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana through the Company’s subsidiaries and its equity joint venture. Triangle USA Petroleum Corporation (TUSA), the Company’s subsidiary, conducts its exploration and production operations by acquiring and developing unconventional shale oil and natural gas resources.

About Stone Energy

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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