Head to Head Contrast: Geopark (GPRK) & Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE)

Geopark (NYSE: GPRK) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Geopark has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noble Corporation has a beta of 2.18, suggesting that its stock price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Geopark and Noble Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geopark $252.12 million 1.97 $126.42 million ($0.65) -12.75
Noble Corporation $1.40 billion 0.69 $639.70 million ($7.21) -0.55

Noble Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Geopark. Geopark is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Noble Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Geopark and Noble Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geopark 0 0 5 0 3.00
Noble Corporation 6 17 5 0 1.96

Geopark presently has a consensus price target of $11.50, indicating a potential upside of 38.72%. Noble Corporation has a consensus price target of $5.80, indicating a potential upside of 46.34%. Given Noble Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Noble Corporation is more favorable than Geopark.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.0% of Geopark shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.6% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Noble Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Geopark and Noble Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geopark -15.19% -21.79% -5.07%
Noble Corporation -122.04% -3.19% -1.83%

Summary

Noble Corporation beats Geopark on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Geopark Company Profile

GeoPark Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. As of December 31, 2016, the company had working and/or economic interests in 26 hydrocarbons blocks, as well as shallow-offshore concession in Brazil that includes the Manati Field. It had net proved reserves of 73.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as GeoPark Holdings Limited and changed its name to GeoPark Limited in July 2013. GeoPark Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Santiago, Chile.

Noble Corporation Company Profile

Noble Corporation is an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 79 mobile offshore drilling units and one floating production storage and offloading unit (NYSE:NE) located globally.

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