Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS: TPLM) and SilverBow Resources (NYSE:SBOW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.9% of SilverBow Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and SilverBow Resources’ 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
SilverBow Resources 23.27% 30.10% 9.06%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Triangle Petroleum and SilverBow Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
SilverBow Resources 0 0 4 0 3.00

SilverBow Resources has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.16%. Given SilverBow Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and SilverBow Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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) -0.06
SilverBow Resources $144.31 million 2.22 $695.32 million N/A N/A

SilverBow Resources has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Summary

SilverBow Resources beats Triangle Petroleum on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Triangle Petroleum Company Profile

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.

SilverBow Resources Company Profile

SilverBow Resources is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. With almost 30 years of history operating in South Texas, the Company possesses a significant understanding of regional reservoirs which they leverage to assemble drilling inventory.

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