San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:SJT) and Mesa Royalty Trust (NYSE:MTR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for San Juan Basin Royalty Trust and Mesa Royalty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
San Juan Basin Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mesa Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.91 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.7%. Mesa Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.5%. San Juan Basin Royalty Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Mesa Royalty Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust has a beta of -0.09, meaning that its share price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mesa Royalty Trust has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares San Juan Basin Royalty Trust and Mesa Royalty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
San Juan Basin Royalty Trust $40.73 million 6.24 $39.13 million N/A N/A
Mesa Royalty Trust $3.02 million 8.15 $2.93 million N/A N/A

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Mesa Royalty Trust.

Profitability

This table compares San Juan Basin Royalty Trust and Mesa Royalty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
San Juan Basin Royalty Trust 95.60% 520.42% 300.56%
Mesa Royalty Trust 94.00% 84.52% 69.55%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

24.7% of San Juan Basin Royalty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.8% of Mesa Royalty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Summary

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust beats Mesa Royalty Trust on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust Company Profile

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust operates as an express trust in Texas. The company has a 75% net overriding royalty interest carved out of Southland's oil and natural gas interests (the subject interests) in properties located in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico. The subject interests consist of working interests, royalty interests, overriding royalty interests, and other contractual rights in 119,000 net producing acres in San Juan, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval Counties of northwestern New Mexico, as well as 829.8 net wells. Compass Bank serves as the trustee of the San Juan Basin Royalty Trust. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mesa Royalty Trust Company Profile

Mesa Royalty Trust holds net overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. It has interests in properties located in the Hugoton field of Kansas; and the San Juan Basin field of New Mexico and Colorado. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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