Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO) and Crescent Point Energy (NYSE:CPG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.


Crescent Point Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Midstates Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy pays out -31.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Midstates Petroleum and Crescent Point Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Midstates Petroleum 661.54% 268.49% 199.88%
Crescent Point Energy -18.68% 2.45% 1.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Midstates Petroleum and Crescent Point Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Midstates Petroleum 0 1 0 0 2.00
Crescent Point Energy 0 3 2 0 2.40

Crescent Point Energy has a consensus target price of $15.75, indicating a potential upside of 76.77%. Given Crescent Point Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crescent Point Energy is more favorable than Midstates Petroleum.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.4% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.7% of Crescent Point Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Midstates Petroleum has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crescent Point Energy has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and Crescent Point Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Midstates Petroleum $241.75 million 1.89 $1.33 billion N/A N/A
Crescent Point Energy $1.92 billion 2.53 -$704.37 million ($0.88) -10.13

Midstates Petroleum has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Crescent Point Energy.


Crescent Point Energy beats Midstates Petroleum on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Crescent Point Energy Company Profile

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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