Analyzing Marine Petroleum Trust (MARPS) & Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (CRT)

Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:MARPS) and Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE:CRT) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Marine Petroleum Trust and Cross Timbers Royalty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marine Petroleum Trust $870,000.00 6.90 $660,000.00 N/A N/A
Cross Timbers Royalty Trust $6.63 million 13.43 $7.39 million N/A N/A

Cross Timbers Royalty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Marine Petroleum Trust.

Dividends

Marine Petroleum Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 36.0%. Cross Timbers Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.1%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.8% of Marine Petroleum Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.4% of Cross Timbers Royalty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 9.4% of Cross Timbers Royalty Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Marine Petroleum Trust and Cross Timbers Royalty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marine Petroleum Trust 75.50% 70.31% 70.31%
Cross Timbers Royalty Trust 92.01% 79.60% 68.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Marine Petroleum Trust and Cross Timbers Royalty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marine Petroleum Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cross Timbers Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

Marine Petroleum Trust has a beta of 2.2, indicating that its stock price is 120% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cross Timbers Royalty Trust has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cross Timbers Royalty Trust beats Marine Petroleum Trust on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Marine Petroleum Trust Company Profile

Marine Petroleum Trust (the Trust) is a royalty trust. The Trust is engaged in the administration and liquidation of rights to payments from certain oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, under license agreements and amendments between the Trust’s predecessors and Chevron Corporation (Chevron) and its assignees. The Trust distributes all income, after paying its liabilities and obligations, to the unit holders during the months of March, June, September and December each year. The Trust’s subsidiary, Marine Petroleum Corporation (MPC), holds title to interests in properties subject to the Trust’s interests that are situated offshore of Louisiana. MPC is engaged in the administration and collection of royalties. As of June 30, 2016, MPC held an overriding royalty interest equal to 0.75% of the value at the well of any oil, natural gas, or other minerals produced and sold from the leases. All aspects of MPC’s operations are conducted by third parties.

Cross Timbers Royalty Trust Company Profile

Cross Timbers Royalty Trust operates as an express trust in the United States. It holds 90% net profits interests in certain producing and nonproducing royalty and overriding royalty interest properties in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico; and 75% net profits interests in certain working interest properties in Texas and Oklahoma. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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