Midstates Petroleum (MPO) & Pacific Coast Oil Trust (ROYT) Financial Review

Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO) and Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE:ROYT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Midstates Petroleum N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pacific Coast Oil Trust $1.21 million 50.38 N/A N/A N/A


Pacific Coast Oil Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Midstates Petroleum does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.8% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.1% of Pacific Coast Oil Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Midstates Petroleum 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.


This table compares Midstates Petroleum and Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Midstates Petroleum 600.76% -325.30% 205.80%
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0.44% 0.08% 0.08%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Midstates Petroleum and Pacific Coast Oil Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Midstates Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pacific Coast Oil Trust has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.58%. Given Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pacific Coast Oil Trust is more favorable than Midstates Petroleum.


Pacific Coast Oil Trust beats Midstates Petroleum on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Midstates Petroleum Company Profile

Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company operates oil and natural gas properties, and is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. It is focused on the application of drilling and completion techniques in oil and basins in the onshore United States. It conducts oil and gas operations, and owns and operates oil and gas properties in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Its Mississippian Lime assets consist of approximately 69,680 net prospective acres in the Mississippian Lime trend in Woods and Alfalfa Counties of Oklahoma, and approximately 12,160 net acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, which produces from, and is prospective in, the Hunton formation. Its Anadarko Basin assets consist of approximately 111,190 net acres in the Anadarko Basin, with over 82,530 net acres in Texas and over 28,650 net acres in western Oklahoma.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust Company Profile

Pacific Coast Oil Trust is a statutory trust formed by Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (PCEC). The Trust is engaged in acquiring and holding net profits and royalty interests in certain oil and natural gas properties located in California for the benefit of the Trust unitholders. The Underlying Properties consist of producing and non-producing interests in oil units, wells and lands located onshore in California in the Santa Maria Basin, which contains PCEC’s Orcutt properties, and the Los Angeles Basin, which contains PCEC’s West Pico, East Coyote and Sawtelle properties. The Underlying Properties consist of the proved developed reserves referred to as the Developed Properties and all other development potential on the Underlying Properties, which are referred to as the Remaining Properties. Production from the Developed Properties attributable to the Trust is produced from wells that, because they have already been drilled and require limited additional capital expenditures.

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