VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGY) and Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares VAALCO Energy and Sanchez Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|VAALCO Energy||$77.03 million||1.85||$9.65 million||N/A||N/A|
|Sanchez Energy||$740.33 million||0.30||$43.19 million||($0.32)||-7.81|
Sanchez Energy has higher revenue and earnings than VAALCO Energy.
Risk & Volatility
VAALCO Energy has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sanchez Energy has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for VAALCO Energy and Sanchez Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Sanchez Energy has a consensus price target of $3.86, indicating a potential upside of 54.29%. Given Sanchez Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sanchez Energy is more favorable than VAALCO Energy.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
43.2% of VAALCO Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.0% of Sanchez Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.8% of VAALCO Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of Sanchez Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares VAALCO Energy and Sanchez Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Sanchez Energy beats VAALCO Energy on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About VAALCO Energy
VAALCO Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas. The company holds Etame production sharing contract related to the Etame Marin block located offshore the Republic of Gabon in West Africa. It also owns interests in an undeveloped block offshore Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. VAALCO Energy, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
About Sanchez Energy
Sanchez Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition and development of U.S. onshore unconventional oil and natural gas resources. It engages in the horizontal development of resources from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. It also holds an undeveloped acreage position in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in Mississippi and Louisiana. As of December 31, 2017, the company had assembled approximately 285,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale; and owned approximately 37,000 net acres in the TMS. Sanchez Energy Corporation was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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