Comparing Lilis Energy (LLEX) & SandRidge Permian Trust (PER)

Lilis Energy (NASDAQ: LLEX) and SandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE:PER) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Lilis Energy and SandRidge Permian Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lilis Energy -270.83% -767.98% -54.18%
SandRidge Permian Trust 87.06% 17.14% 17.14%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lilis Energy and SandRidge Permian Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lilis Energy $6.49 million 36.67 -$16.30 million N/A N/A
SandRidge Permian Trust $26.72 million 5.80 $24.15 million $0.46 6.41

SandRidge Permian Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Lilis Energy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Lilis Energy and SandRidge Permian Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lilis Energy 0 0 3 0 3.00
SandRidge Permian Trust 0 0 1 0 3.00

Lilis Energy currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 69.49%. Given Lilis Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lilis Energy is more favorable than SandRidge Permian Trust.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.3% of SandRidge Permian Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.0% of SandRidge Permian Trust shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

SandRidge Permian Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.6%. Lilis Energy does not pay a dividend. SandRidge Permian Trust pays out 113.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

SandRidge Permian Trust beats Lilis Energy on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lilis Energy Company Profile

Lilis Energy, Inc. is an upstream independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, drilling and production of oil and natural gas properties and prospects. The Company drills for, operates and produces oil and natural gas wells through its land holdings located in Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska. The vertical well produces approximately 690 net million cubic feet (mcf) per day. The well holds the lease to all depths, from surface down to approximately 22,000 feet, including the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, and Avalon formations.

SandRidge Permian Trust Company Profile

Sandridge Permian Trust (the Trust) is a statutory trust. The Trust holds Royalty Interests in specified oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin located in Andrews County, Texas. The Trust’s business activities are generally limited to owning the Royalty Interests, and entering into hedging arrangements at the inception of the Trust and activities related thereto, including activities required or permitted by the terms of the conveyances related to the Royalty Interests. The Trust’s properties consist of Royalty Interests in the initial wells and over 860 additional wells that are drilled and perforated for completion. The Royalty Interests are in properties located in the greater Fuhrman-Mascho field, a field in Andrews County, Texas that produces oil primarily from the Grayburg/San Andres formation in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin extends throughout southwestern Texas and southeastern New Mexico over an area approximately 250 miles wide and over 300 miles long.

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