Critical Survey: Murphy Oil (MUR) & Triangle Petroleum (TPLM)

Murphy Oil (NYSE: MUR) and Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS:TPLM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Murphy Oil and Triangle Petroleum’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Murphy Oil $2.23 billion 2.63 -$311.78 million ($0.13) -259.77
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.01 -$822.34 million N/A N/A

Murphy Oil has higher revenue and earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Volatility & Risk

Murphy Oil has a beta of 2.3, indicating that its stock price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 1.95, indicating that its stock price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Murphy Oil pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Triangle Petroleum does not pay a dividend. Murphy Oil pays out -769.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Murphy Oil and Triangle Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Murphy Oil -9.62% 0.58% 0.28%
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Murphy Oil and Triangle Petroleum, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Murphy Oil 1 6 2 0 2.11
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Murphy Oil currently has a consensus target price of $30.75, suggesting a potential downside of 8.94%. Given Murphy Oil’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Murphy Oil is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.4% of Murphy Oil shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Murphy Oil shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Murphy Oil beats Triangle Petroleum on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Murphy Oil Company Profile

Murphy Oil Corporation operates as an oil and gas exploration and production company worldwide. It explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company was formerly known as Murphy Corporation and changed its name to Murphy Oil Corporation in 1964. Murphy Oil Corporation was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Triangle Petroleum Company Profile

Triangle Petroleum Corporation, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. It operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Oilfield Services. As of January 31, 2016, the company had leasehold interests in approximately 103,540 net acres in the Bakken Shale and Three Forks formations in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. It also offers oilfield services, including hydraulic pressure pumping, wireline, perforating, pump rental, workover, and other complementary services, as well as midstream services. The company was formerly known as Peloton Resources Inc. and changed its name to Triangle Petroleum Corporation in May 2005. Triangle Petroleum Corporation was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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