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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Triangle Petroleum and Atlas Resource Partners, 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 Resource Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Atlas Resource Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 6,868.1%. Triangle Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Atlas Resource Partners pays out -5.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Atlas Resource Partners’ 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 ($0.46) -0.08
Atlas Resource Partners N/A N/A N/A ($9.81) 0.00

Atlas Resource Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Triangle Petroleum. Triangle Petroleum is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atlas Resource Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Resource Partners has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Atlas Resource Partners’ 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 Resource Partners N/A N/A -35.27%

Summary

Triangle Petroleum beats Atlas Resource Partners on 6 of the 8 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 Atlas Resource Partners

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.

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