Geopark (NYSE: GPRK) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Geopark and Noble Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geopark -15.19% -21.79% -5.07%
Noble Corporation -122.04% -3.19% -1.83%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Geopark and Noble Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geopark 0 0 6 0 3.00
Noble Corporation 6 17 4 0 1.93

Geopark presently has a consensus target price of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 31.28%. Noble Corporation has a consensus target price of $5.80, suggesting a potential upside of 25.98%. Given Geopark’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Geopark is more favorable than Noble Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.2% of Geopark shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.6% of Noble Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Noble Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Geopark and Noble Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geopark $252.12 million 2.09 $126.42 million ($0.65) -13.48
Noble Corporation $1.40 billion 0.80 $639.70 million ($7.21) -0.64

Noble Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Geopark. Geopark is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Noble Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Geopark has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noble Corporation has a beta of 2.18, suggesting that its share price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Noble Corporation beats Geopark on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Geopark Company Profile

GeoPark Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. As of December 31, 2016, the company had working and/or economic interests in 26 hydrocarbons blocks, as well as shallow-offshore concession in Brazil that includes the Manati Field. It had net proved reserves of 73.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as GeoPark Holdings Limited and changed its name to GeoPark Limited in July 2013. GeoPark Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Santiago, Chile.

Noble Corporation Company Profile

Noble Corporation is an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its fleet of 79 mobile offshore drilling units and one floating production storage and offloading unit (NYSE:NE) located globally.

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