Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) and SandRidge Mississippian Trust II (NYSE:SDR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Whiting Petroleum and SandRidge Mississippian Trust II, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whiting Petroleum 0 13 16 1 2.60
SandRidge Mississippian Trust II 0 0 0 0 N/A

Whiting Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $51.15, suggesting a potential upside of 86.20%. Given Whiting Petroleum’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Whiting Petroleum is more favorable than SandRidge Mississippian Trust II.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Whiting Petroleum and SandRidge Mississippian Trust II’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whiting Petroleum $1.48 billion 1.69 -$1.24 billion ($1.31) -20.97
SandRidge Mississippian Trust II $15.64 million 3.43 $11.60 million N/A N/A

SandRidge Mississippian Trust II has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Whiting Petroleum.

Volatility & Risk

Whiting Petroleum has a beta of 2.94, indicating that its share price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SandRidge Mississippian Trust II has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

SandRidge Mississippian Trust II pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.5%. Whiting Petroleum does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.5% of Whiting Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.3% of SandRidge Mississippian Trust II shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Whiting Petroleum shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Whiting Petroleum and SandRidge Mississippian Trust II’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whiting Petroleum -31.68% 5.30% 2.69%
SandRidge Mississippian Trust II 71.31% 23.23% 23.23%

Summary

Whiting Petroleum beats SandRidge Mississippian Trust II on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Whiting Petroleum Company Profile

Whiting Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas primarily in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. The company sells its oil and gas production to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. As of December 31, 2017, it had interests in 1,980 net productive wells on approximately 490,000 net developed acres, as well as total estimated proved reserves of 617.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

SandRidge Mississippian Trust II Company Profile

SandRidge Mississippian Trust II holds royalty interests in oil and natural gas properties. The company's properties are located in the Mississippian formation in Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Noble, and Woods counties in northern Oklahoma and Barber, Comanche, Harper, and Sumner counties in southern Kansas. As of December 31, 2017, its properties consisted of royalty interests in the initial wells and 173 additional wells. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Houston, Texas. SandRidge Mississippian Trust II is a subsidiary of SandRidge Exploration and Production, LLC.

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