Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS: TPLM) and Circle Star Energy (OTCMKTS:CRCL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Triangle Petroleum and Circle Star Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.01 -$822.34 million N/A N/A
Circle Star Energy N/A N/A N/A ($0.02) -0.01

Circle Star Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Triangle Petroleum and Circle Star Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Circle Star Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 2.04, meaning that its stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Circle Star Energy has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A
Circle Star Energy -126.19% N/A -60.51%

Summary

Triangle Petroleum beats Circle Star Energy on 6 of the 6 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Circle Star Energy

Circle Star Energy Corp. is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company owns a variety of non-operated working interests and overriding royalty interests in approximately 61 producing wells in Texas. The interests range from less than 1% up to approximately 5% in each well. The wells are located in the following areas: Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Pearsall Field, Giddings Field and the Woodbine Field. The wells are operated by Apache (Permian), EXCO (Eagle Ford Shale), CML (Giddings, Pearsall and Permian), Leexus (Giddings) and MD America Energy, LLC. (Woodbine). The Company has approximately 430 net leased acres in Texas. The Company operates four producing wells in Trego County, Kansas. The Company owns between a 25% and 55% working interest in these four wells. The Company has approximately 6,120 net leased acres in Kansas, of which approximately 1,440 are located in Trego County and approximately 4680 are located in Sheridan County.

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