Comparing Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) & Circle Star Energy (CRCL)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Triangle Petroleum and Circle Star Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Circle Star Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Circle Star Energy’s 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) -0.07
Circle Star Energy N/A N/A N/A ($0.02) -0.01

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

Profitability

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Circle Star 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
Circle Star Energy -126.19% N/A -60.51%

Volatility and Risk

Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 2.04, meaning that its stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Circle Star Energy has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Triangle Petroleum beats Circle Star Energy on 6 of the 8 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 Circle Star Energy

Circle Star Energy Corp. is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company owns a variety of non-operated working interests and overriding royalty interests in approximately 61 producing wells in Texas. The interests range from less than 1% up to approximately 5% in each well. The wells are located in the following areas: Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Pearsall Field, Giddings Field and the Woodbine Field. The wells are operated by Apache (Permian), EXCO (Eagle Ford Shale), CML (Giddings, Pearsall and Permian), Leexus (Giddings) and MD America Energy, LLC. (Woodbine). The Company has approximately 430 net leased acres in Texas. The Company operates four producing wells in Trego County, Kansas. The Company owns between a 25% and 55% working interest in these four wells. The Company has approximately 6,120 net leased acres in Kansas, of which approximately 1,440 are located in Trego County and approximately 4680 are located in Sheridan County.

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