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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Atlas Resource Partners and Midstates Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlas Resource Partners N/A N/A N/A ($9.81) 0.00
Midstates Petroleum $241.75 million 1.73 $1.33 billion N/A N/A

Midstates Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than Atlas Resource Partners.

Dividends

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Atlas Resource Partners and Midstates Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlas Resource Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Midstates Petroleum 0 1 0 0 2.00

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.4% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Atlas Resource Partners and Midstates Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlas Resource Partners N/A N/A -35.27%
Midstates Petroleum 661.54% 268.49% 199.88%

Summary

Midstates Petroleum beats Atlas Resource Partners on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Atlas Resource Partners Company Profile

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.

Midstates Petroleum Company Profile

Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company operates oil and natural gas properties, and is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. It is focused on the application of drilling and completion techniques in oil and basins in the onshore United States. It conducts oil and gas operations, and owns and operates oil and gas properties in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Its Mississippian Lime assets consist of approximately 69,680 net prospective acres in the Mississippian Lime trend in Woods and Alfalfa Counties of Oklahoma, and approximately 12,160 net acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, which produces from, and is prospective in, the Hunton formation. Its Anadarko Basin assets consist of approximately 111,190 net acres in the Anadarko Basin, with over 82,530 net acres in Texas and over 28,650 net acres in western Oklahoma.

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