Head-To-Head Analysis: SandRidge Energy (SD) and Hess (HES)

SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) and Hess (NYSE:HES) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.


This table compares SandRidge Energy and Hess’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SandRidge Energy 13.17% 6.18% 4.68%
Hess -74.55% -9.82% -5.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SandRidge Energy and Hess’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SandRidge Energy $357.30 million 1.45 $47.06 million $1.80 8.06
Hess $5.41 billion 2.85 -$4.07 billion ($13.12) -3.73

SandRidge Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Hess. Hess is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SandRidge Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.8% of SandRidge Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Hess shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of SandRidge Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of Hess shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Hess pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. SandRidge Energy does not pay a dividend. Hess pays out -7.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for SandRidge Energy and Hess, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SandRidge Energy 0 2 0 0 2.00
Hess 2 9 6 0 2.24

SandRidge Energy presently has a consensus price target of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 44.83%. Hess has a consensus price target of $52.24, indicating a potential upside of 6.66%. Given SandRidge Energy’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe SandRidge Energy is more favorable than Hess.


Hess beats SandRidge Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SandRidge Energy

SandRidge Energy, Inc. is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. It operates through two segments: exploration and production, which is engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas properties and includes its proportionate share of the activities of the SandRidge Mississippian Trust I, SandRidge Mississippian Trust II and SandRidge Permian Trust (the Royalty Trusts), and midstream services, which coordinates the delivery of electricity to its exploration and production operations in the Mid-Continent. It focuses on exploration and production activities in the Mid-Continent and Rockies regions of the United States. It owns and operates additional interests in west Texas. It also operates businesses and infrastructure systems, including a saltwater gathering and disposal system, and an electrical transmission system.

About Hess

Hess Corporation is an exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. Its Exploration and Production segment explores for, develops, produces, purchases and sells crude oil, NGLs and natural gas with production operations primarily in the United States, Denmark, the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA), Malaysia and Norway. The Bakken Midstream segment provides fee-based services, including crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of NGLs, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminaling and loading crude oil and NGLs, and the storage and terminaling of propane, primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota.

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