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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Atlas Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Energy Group has a beta of -1.64, indicating that its stock price is 264% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Atlas Energy Group’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
Atlas Energy Group -676.76% N/A -64.37%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Atlas Energy Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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 ($0.46) -0.08
Atlas Energy Group $137.16 million 0.01 -$13.10 million N/A N/A

Atlas Energy Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Triangle Petroleum Company Profile

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.

Atlas Energy Group Company Profile

Atlas Energy Group, LLC is an energy management company, which acquires and develops upstream and midstream oil and gas assets. The Company has ownership interests in the general partner Class A units, and over 23.3% limited partner interest in Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (ARP), which is an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids; over 80% general partner interest and approximately 2.1% limited partner interest in Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. (AGP), which conducts natural gas and oil operations in the mid-continent region of the United States, and owns approximately 15.9% general partner interest and over 12% limited partner interest in Lightfoot Capital Partners, L.P. and Lightfoot Capital Partners GP, LLC, its general partner, which incubates new master limited partnerships (MLPs) and invests in existing MLPs. Its segments include ARP, AGP, and Corporate and other. The Company focuses on the development and growth of energy enterprises.

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