SilverBow Resources (NYSE: SBOW) and Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS:TPLM) are both small-cap 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.9% of SilverBow Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares SilverBow Resources and Triangle Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SilverBow Resources 23.27% 30.10% 9.06%
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SilverBow Resources and Triangle Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SilverBow Resources 0 0 4 0 3.00
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

SilverBow Resources presently has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.16%. Given SilverBow Resources’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe SilverBow Resources is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SilverBow Resources and Triangle Petroleum’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SilverBow Resources $144.31 million 2.22 $695.32 million N/A N/A
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.01 -$822.34 million ($0.46) -0.06

SilverBow Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Triangle Petroleum.

Summary

SilverBow Resources beats Triangle Petroleum on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SilverBow Resources Company Profile

SilverBow Resources is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. With almost 30 years of history operating in South Texas, the Company possesses a significant understanding of regional reservoirs which they leverage to assemble drilling inventory.

Triangle Petroleum Company Profile

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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