Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) and Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Kosmos Energy has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulfport Energy has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Kosmos Energy and Gulfport Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kosmos Energy 0 5 10 0 2.67
Gulfport Energy 1 4 17 0 2.73

Kosmos Energy presently has a consensus price target of $9.45, suggesting a potential upside of 35.45%. Gulfport Energy has a consensus price target of $21.10, suggesting a potential upside of 57.93%. Given Gulfport Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gulfport Energy is more favorable than Kosmos Energy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.7% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Kosmos Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Gulfport Energy shares are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kosmos Energy and Gulfport Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kosmos Energy $385.36 million 7.05 -$283.78 million ($0.41) -17.02
Gulfport Energy $385.91 million 6.34 -$979.70 million ($0.27) -49.48

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

Profitability

This table compares Kosmos Energy and Gulfport Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kosmos Energy -23.83% -8.88% -2.98%
Gulfport Energy 3.88% 7.99% 4.32%

Summary

Gulfport Energy beats Kosmos Energy on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kosmos Energy Company Profile

Kosmos Energy Ltd. (Kosmos) is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Its assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, discoveries and further exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. The Company has operations in Africa and South America. The West Cape Three Points (WCTP) Block and Deepwater Tano (DT) Block are located within the Tano Basin, offshore Ghana. The Tano Basin represents the eastern extension of the Deep Ivorian Basin, which resulted from the development of an extensional sedimentary basin caused by tensional forces associated with opening of the Atlantic Ocean, as South America separated from Africa in the Mid-Cretaceous period.

Gulfport Energy Company Profile

Gulfport Energy Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the exploitation and acquisition of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil in the United States. The Company’s properties are located in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the West Cote Blanche Bay (WCBB) and Hackberry fields. The Company also has an interest in producing properties in Northwestern Colorado in the Niobrara Formation and in Western North Dakota in the Bakken Formation. The Company also holds an acreage position in the Alberta oil sands in Canada through its interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and an interest in an entity that operates in the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand. The Company also owns interests in various fields, which includes Deer Island, Fay South, Crest, Squaw Cheek, Green River Basin and Watonga Chickasha Trend.

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