Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) and Geopark (NYSE:GPRK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.6% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.0% of Geopark shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Noble Corporation and Geopark, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noble Corporation 6 17 5 0 1.96
Geopark 0 0 5 0 3.00

Noble Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $5.96, suggesting a potential upside of 77.97%. Geopark has a consensus price target of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 43.57%. Given Noble Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Noble Corporation is more favorable than Geopark.

Volatility and Risk

Noble Corporation has a beta of 2.16, indicating that its stock price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geopark has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Noble Corporation and Geopark’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noble Corporation $1.40 billion 0.59 $639.70 million ($7.21) -0.46
Geopark $252.12 million 1.91 $126.42 million ($0.65) -12.32

Noble Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Geopark. Geopark is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Noble Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Noble Corporation and Geopark’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noble Corporation -122.04% -3.19% -1.83%
Geopark -15.19% -21.79% -5.07%

Summary

Noble Corporation beats Geopark on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Noble Corporation Company Profile

Noble Corporation is an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 79 mobile offshore drilling units and one floating production storage and offloading unit (NYSE:NE) located globally.

Geopark Company Profile

GeoPark Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. As of December 31, 2016, the company had working and/or economic interests in 26 hydrocarbons blocks, as well as shallow-offshore concession in Brazil that includes the Manati Field. It had net proved reserves of 73.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as GeoPark Holdings Limited and changed its name to GeoPark Limited in July 2013. GeoPark Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Santiago, Chile.

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