Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS: TPLM) and Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE:BCEI) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Bonanza Creek Energy’s gross 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) -0.09
Bonanza Creek Energy $195.29 million 2.97 -$198.95 million ($451.77) -0.06

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

Profitability

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Bonanza Creek Energy’s 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
Bonanza Creek Energy -33.79% -3.17% -1.09%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are held by company insiders. 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Triangle Petroleum and Bonanza Creek Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bonanza Creek Energy 0 3 0 0 2.00

Bonanza Creek Energy has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 13.19%. Given Bonanza Creek Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bonanza Creek Energy is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Summary

Triangle Petroleum beats Bonanza Creek Energy on 6 of the 11 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 Bonanza Creek Energy

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (Bonanza Creek) is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States. The Company’s oil and liquids-weighted assets are concentrated primarily in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Dorcheat Macedonia Field in southern Arkansas. In addition, the Company owns and operates oil-producing assets in the North Park Basin in Colorado and the McKamie Patton Field in southern Arkansas. The main areas in which the Company operates in the Rocky Mountain region are the Wattenberg Field in Weld County, Colorado and the North Park Basin in Jackson County, Colorado. Its Wattenberg Field operations are in the oil and liquids-weighted extension area of the Wattenberg Field targeting the Niobrara and Codell formations. In southern Arkansas, it targets the oil-rich Cotton Valley sands in the Dorcheat Macedonia and McKamie Patton Fields.

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