Crescent Point Energy (NYSE: CPG) and Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS:TPLM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Crescent Point Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Triangle Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Crescent Point Energy pays out -31.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Triangle Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crescent Point Energy -18.68% 2.45% 1.44%
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Crescent Point Energy has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.7% of Crescent Point Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crescent Point Energy and Triangle Petroleum’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crescent Point Energy $1.92 billion 2.13 -$704.37 million ($0.88) -8.55
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.01 -$822.34 million N/A N/A

Crescent Point Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Crescent Point Energy and Triangle Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crescent Point Energy 0 2 2 0 2.50
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crescent Point Energy presently has a consensus price target of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 106.12%. Given Crescent Point Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Crescent Point Energy is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Summary

Crescent Point Energy beats Triangle Petroleum on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crescent Point Energy

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company's crude oil and natural gas properties, and related assets are located in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba; and the states of North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. Crescent Point Energy Corp. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Triangle Petroleum

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.

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