TransGlobe Energy (NASDAQ:TGA) vs. Midstates Petroleum (NASDAQ:MPO) Head to Head Contrast

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Midstates Petroleum (NYSE:MPO) and TransGlobe Energy (NASDAQ:TGA) 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 earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

TransGlobe Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Midstates Petroleum does not pay a dividend. TransGlobe Energy pays out 15.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and TransGlobe Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Midstates Petroleum $208.64 million 0.57 $49.78 million N/A N/A
TransGlobe Energy $299.14 million 0.36 $15.68 million $0.45 3.27

Midstates Petroleum has higher earnings, but lower revenue than TransGlobe Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and TransGlobe 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%
TransGlobe Energy 6.72% 2.79% 1.82%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.4% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.7% of TransGlobe Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Midstates Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.0% of TransGlobe Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Midstates Petroleum has a beta of 2.15, indicating that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransGlobe Energy has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Midstates Petroleum and TransGlobe Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Summary

Midstates Petroleum beats TransGlobe Energy on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Midstates Petroleum

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.

About TransGlobe Energy

TransGlobe Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in Egypt and Canada. The company holds an interest in five production sharing concessions, including West Gharib, West Bakr, South Alamein, NW Gharib, and South Ghazalat, Egypt; and owns production and working interests in facilities in the Cardium light oil and Mannville liquid-rich gas assets in the Harmattan area of west central Alberta, Canada. TransGlobe Energy Corporation was incorporated in 1968 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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