GrowMax Resources (OTCMKTS:APEOF) and Atlas Energy Group (OTCMKTS:ATLS) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

GrowMax Resources has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Energy Group has a beta of 2.59, indicating that its share price is 159% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Atlas Energy Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for GrowMax Resources and Atlas Energy Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GrowMax Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Atlas Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares GrowMax Resources and Atlas Energy Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GrowMax Resources N/A -5.91% -5.00%
Atlas Energy Group -56.04% N/A -6.84%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GrowMax Resources and Atlas Energy Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GrowMax Resources N/A N/A -$3.80 million N/A N/A
Atlas Energy Group $9.05 million 0.05 -$13.82 million N/A N/A

GrowMax Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Atlas Energy Group.

Summary

Atlas Energy Group beats GrowMax Resources on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

GrowMax Resources Company Profile

GrowMax Resources Corp. focuses on the exploration, evaluation, and development of phosphate and potassium-rich brine resources, and other mineral concessions in Peru. It owns a 100% interest in the Bayovar property covering an area of 227,000 gross acres located in the Sechura Desert in northwestern Peru. The company was formerly known as Americas Petrogas Inc. and changed its name to GrowMax Resources Corp. in August 2016. GrowMax Resources Corp. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Atlas Energy Group Company Profile

Atlas Energy Group, LLC, through its subsidiaries, develops and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. It holds interest in the Eagle Ford Shale in southern Texas; the Marble Falls play in the Fort Worth Basin in northern Texas; and the Mississippi Lime play in northwestern Oklahoma. In addition, the company focuses on investing in master limited partnership-qualifying businesses and assets. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 31 billion cubic feet equivalent. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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