Soco International (OTCMKTS: SOCLF) and Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Soco International and Sanchez Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Sanchez Energy has a consensus target price of $8.17, suggesting a potential upside of 188.57%. Given Sanchez Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sanchez Energy is more favorable than Soco International.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Soco International and Sanchez Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Soco International||$154.60 million||2.83||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Sanchez Energy||$740.33 million||0.32||$43.19 million||($1.69)||-1.67|
Sanchez Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Soco International.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
56.6% of Sanchez Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 14.7% of Sanchez Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility & Risk
Soco International has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sanchez Energy has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Soco International and Sanchez Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Sanchez Energy beats Soco International on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Soco International
SOCO International plc engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties. It has interests in oil and gas properties located in Vietnam, the Republic of Congo, and Angola. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
About Sanchez Energy
Sanchez Energy Corporation is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of the United States onshore unconventional oil and natural gas resources. The Company primarily focuses on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. The Company also holds an undeveloped acreage position in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in Mississippi and Louisiana. As of December 31, 2016, it had assembled approximately 278,000 net leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford Shale. As of December 31, 2016, it had 473 net wells in the Eagle Ford Shale area. In its Catarina area, the Company had approximately 106,000 net acres in Dimmit, LaSalle and Webb Counties, Texas, at December 31, 2016. In its Maverick area, it had approximately 100,000 net acres in Dimmit, Frio, LaSalle, Zavala and McMullen Counties, Texas, at December 31, 2016. In its Javelina area, it had approximately 39,500 net acres in LaSalle and Webb Counties, Texas, at December 31, 2016.
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