Midstates Petroleum (NYSE:MPO) and Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUEQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.4% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Petroquest Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Midstates Petroleum has a beta of 2.49, meaning that its share price is 149% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroquest Energy has a beta of 3.8, meaning that its share price is 280% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and Petroquest Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Midstates Petroleum 14.67% 9.99% 8.41%
Petroquest Energy 328.30% -145.02% 169.26%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and Petroquest Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Midstates Petroleum $208.64 million 0.55 $49.78 million N/A N/A
Petroquest Energy $87.10 million 0.01 -$9.55 million ($0.54) -0.04

Midstates Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than Petroquest Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Midstates Petroleum and Petroquest Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Midstates Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petroquest Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Midstates Petroleum beats Petroquest Energy on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Midstates Petroleum Company Profile

Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. The company's operations are primarily focused on exploration and production activities in the Mississippian Lime. As of December 31, 2018, its assets consisted of approximately 102,198 net acres in the Mississippian Lime trend in Woods and Alfalfa counties of Oklahoma. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Petroquest Energy Company Profile

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas and Louisiana. The company acquires, explores for, develops, and operates oil and gas properties. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 1.8 million barrels of oil; 19.4 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas liquids; and 125.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas. PetroQuest Energy, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. On November 6, 2018, PetroQuest Energy, Inc. along with its affiliates filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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