VOC Energy Trust (NYSE:VOC) and Eclipse Resources (NYSE:ECR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Risk & Volatility

VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eclipse Resources has a beta of 2.45, suggesting that its stock price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Eclipse Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VOC Energy Trust $9.20 million 7.67 $8.41 million N/A N/A
Eclipse Resources $383.66 million 1.03 $8.52 million ($0.04) -32.50

Eclipse Resources has higher revenue and earnings than VOC Energy Trust.

Dividends

VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 21.2%. Eclipse Resources does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Eclipse Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VOC Energy Trust 91.56% 10.97% 10.97%
Eclipse Resources -6.87% 3.24% 1.50%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.2% of VOC Energy Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of Eclipse Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Eclipse Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for VOC Energy Trust and Eclipse Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Eclipse Resources 0 3 5 0 2.63

Eclipse Resources has a consensus target price of $2.28, suggesting a potential upside of 75.38%. Given Eclipse Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Eclipse Resources is more favorable than VOC Energy Trust.

Summary

Eclipse Resources beats VOC Energy Trust on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

VOC Energy Trust Company Profile

VOC Energy Trust acquires and holds a term net profits interest of the net proceeds from production and sale of the interests in oil and natural gas properties in the states of Kansas and Texas. The company has a 80% term net profits interest of the net proceeds on the underlying properties. As of December 31, 2017, its underlying properties had interests in 492.5 net producing wells and 55,736.9 net acres; and had proved reserves of approximately 3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) attributable to the portion of the Kansas underlying properties, and approximately 4.6 MMBoe attributable to the Texas underlying properties. VOC Energy Trust was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Eclipse Resources Company Profile

Eclipse Resources Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, acquires and develops oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The company holds interests in the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale areas. As of December 31, 2017, it had an acreage position approximately covering an area of 203,000 net acres in Eastern Ohio. The company's estimated proved reserves were 1,458.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. Eclipse Resources Corporation was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania.

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