Pengrowth Energy (NYSE: PGH) and Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE:ROYT) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.


Pacific Coast Oil Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. Pengrowth Energy does not pay a dividend. Pacific Coast Oil Trust pays out 187.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pengrowth Energy and Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pengrowth Energy $427.50 million 1.01 -$221.80 million ($0.79) -0.99
Pacific Coast Oil Trust $32.19 million 2.03 $220,000.00 $0.08 21.13

Pacific Coast Oil Trust has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Pengrowth Energy. Pengrowth Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pacific Coast Oil Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.5% of Pengrowth Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.4% of Pacific Coast Oil Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 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 Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Pengrowth Energy and Pacific Coast Oil Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pengrowth Energy 7 1 0 0 1.13
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0 1 0 0 2.00

Pengrowth Energy presently has a consensus price target of $2.19, suggesting a potential upside of 180.45%. Pacific Coast Oil Trust has a consensus price target of $1.50, suggesting a potential downside of 11.24%. Given Pengrowth Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Pengrowth Energy is more favorable than Pacific Coast Oil Trust.

Risk and Volatility

Pengrowth Energy has a beta of 2.36, suggesting that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Coast Oil Trust has a beta of 2.18, suggesting that its share price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Pengrowth Energy and Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pengrowth Energy -101.66% -38.22% -14.60%
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 6.02% 1.44% 1.43%


Pacific Coast Oil Trust beats Pengrowth Energy on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pengrowth Energy Company Profile

Pengrowth Energy Corporation is engaged in the development, production and acquisition of, and the exploration for, oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. The Lindbergh thermal property is located approximately 420 kilometers north east of Calgary, Alberta and 50 kilometers south of Bonnyville, Alberta. Its Greater Olds/Garrington area is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Calgary, Alberta. It has varied Working Interests within the Swan Hills area in all of the properties throughout this regional Beaverhill Lake resource base. These are both operated and non-operated, unit and non-unit properties in Judy Creek, Carson Creek, House Mountain, Deer Mountain, Swan Hills, South Swan Hills and Freeman. The properties are located approximately 200 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Its Groundbirch property is located approximately 40 kilometers south west of Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust Company Profile

Pacific Coast Oil Trust is a statutory trust formed by Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (PCEC). The Trust is engaged in acquiring and holding net profits and royalty interests in certain oil and natural gas properties located in California for the benefit of the Trust unitholders. The Underlying Properties consist of producing and non-producing interests in oil units, wells and lands located onshore in California in the Santa Maria Basin, which contains PCEC’s Orcutt properties, and the Los Angeles Basin, which contains PCEC’s West Pico, East Coyote and Sawtelle properties. The Underlying Properties consist of the proved developed reserves referred to as the Developed Properties and all other development potential on the Underlying Properties, which are referred to as the Remaining Properties. Production from the Developed Properties attributable to the Trust is produced from wells that, because they have already been drilled and require limited additional capital expenditures.

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