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

Volatility and Risk

Whiting Petroleum has a beta of 2.94, meaning that its stock price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransCoastal has a beta of -1.03, meaning that its stock price is 203% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Whiting Petroleum and TransCoastal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whiting Petroleum 13.22% 2.98% 1.60%
TransCoastal N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Whiting Petroleum and TransCoastal, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whiting Petroleum 0 7 14 0 2.67
TransCoastal 0 0 0 0 N/A

Whiting Petroleum presently has a consensus price target of $47.85, suggesting a potential upside of 147.67%. Given Whiting Petroleum’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Whiting Petroleum is more favorable than TransCoastal.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.7% of Whiting Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Whiting Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 67.1% of TransCoastal 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Whiting Petroleum and TransCoastal’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whiting Petroleum $2.08 billion 0.85 $342.49 million $2.18 8.86
TransCoastal N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Whiting Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than TransCoastal.

Summary

Whiting Petroleum beats TransCoastal on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Whiting Petroleum

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, 2018, it had interests in 2,097 net productive wells on approximately 539,300 net developed acres, as well as total estimated proved reserves of 520.1 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

About TransCoastal

TransCoastal Corporation, an energy development company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties. It holds interests in approximately 100 acquired or divested wells; and 200 undeveloped locations covering an area of approximately 6000 acres of leased oil and gas property located primarily in the panhandle area of west Texas. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

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