Comparing Stone Energy Corporation (SGY) & Circle Star Energy Corp (CRCL)

Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE: SGY) and Circle Star Energy Corp (OTCMKTS:CRCL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Circle Star Energy Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stone Energy Corporation 68.43% 590.23% 37.33%
Circle Star Energy Corp -126.19% N/A -60.51%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Circle Star Energy Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stone Energy Corporation $377.39 million 1.62 -$590.58 million N/A N/A
Circle Star Energy Corp N/A N/A N/A GBX (0.02) ($0.00) -0.01

Circle Star Energy Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Stone Energy Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.0% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Stone Energy Corporation and Circle Star Energy Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stone Energy Corporation 0 2 2 0 2.50
Circle Star Energy Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stone Energy Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $5.08, suggesting a potential downside of 83.41%. Given Stone Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Stone Energy Corporation is more favorable than Circle Star Energy Corp.

Summary

Stone Energy Corporation beats Circle Star Energy Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stone Energy Corporation

Stone Energy Corporation is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) basin. It has leveraged its operations in the GOM conventional shelf and has its reserve base in the prolific basins of the GOM deep water, Gulf Coast deep gas, and the Marcellus and Utica shales in Appalachia. Its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves are over 60 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBoe) or 340 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). Over 95 MMBoe or 570 Bcfe of its estimated proved reserves are revised downward. It has made investments in seismic data and leasehold interests, and has geological, geophysical, engineering and operational operations in deep water arena to evaluate potential exploration, development and acquisition opportunities. It holds over two deep water platforms, producing reserves and various leases.

About Circle Star Energy Corp

Circle Star Energy Corp. is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company owns a variety of non-operated working interests and overriding royalty interests in approximately 61 producing wells in Texas. The interests range from less than 1% up to approximately 5% in each well. The wells are located in the following areas: Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Pearsall Field, Giddings Field and the Woodbine Field. The wells are operated by Apache (Permian), EXCO (Eagle Ford Shale), CML (Giddings, Pearsall and Permian), Leexus (Giddings) and MD America Energy, LLC. (Woodbine). The Company has approximately 430 net leased acres in Texas. The Company operates four producing wells in Trego County, Kansas. The Company owns between a 25% and 55% working interest in these four wells. The Company has approximately 6,120 net leased acres in Kansas, of which approximately 1,440 are located in Trego County and approximately 4680 are located in Sheridan County.

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