Tellurian (NASDAQ: TELL) and TransGlobe Energy (NASDAQ:TGA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Tellurian and TransGlobe Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tellurian N/A -87.03% -73.62%
TransGlobe Energy -83.42% -7.08% -4.70%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tellurian and TransGlobe Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tellurian $4.46 million 582.27 -$520,000.00 N/A N/A
TransGlobe Energy $122.36 million 0.86 -$87.66 million ($1.54) -0.94

Tellurian has higher earnings, but lower revenue than TransGlobe Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Tellurian and TransGlobe Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tellurian 0 0 1 0 3.00
TransGlobe Energy 0 1 2 0 2.67

Tellurian presently has a consensus target price of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.57%. TransGlobe Energy has a consensus target price of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 141.38%. Given TransGlobe Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TransGlobe Energy is more favorable than Tellurian.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.8% of Tellurian shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.4% of TransGlobe Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 48.3% of Tellurian shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.0% of TransGlobe Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Tellurian has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransGlobe Energy has a beta of 0.78, suggesting that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Tellurian Company Profile

Tellurian Inc., formerly Magellan Petroleum Corporation, is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects along the United States Gulf Coast through its subsidiary, Tellurian Investments Inc. The Company owns interests in the Horse Hill-1 well and related licenses in the Weald Basin, onshore the United Kingdom, and an exploration block, NT/P82, in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore Northern Territory, Australia. The Horse Hill-1 well has identified prospects from the Portland sandstone and Kimmeridge Clay limestone formations.

TransGlobe Energy Company Profile

TransGlobe Energy Corporation is an oil exploration and production company. The Company’s activities are concentrated in the Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt). The Company conducts its operations through the Arab Republic of Egypt segment. The Company is primarily engaged in oil exploration, development, production and the acquisition of properties. It holds interests in various production sharing concessions (PSC) in Eastern Desert Egypt and Western Desert Egypt. Its blocks in Eastern Desert Egypt include West Gharib, which covers approximately 34,860 acres; West Bakr, covering over 11,600 acres; North West (NW) Gharib, covering approximately 162,000 acres; South East (SE) Gharib, which covers over 125,650 acres, and South West (SW) Gharib, covering approximately 48,310 acres. Its blocks in the Western Desert Egypt include South Alamein, covering approximately 335,830 acres; South Ghazalat, covering over 465,300 acres, and North West (NW) Sitra, covering approximately 480,850 acres.

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