SandRidge Mississippian Trust I (NYSE: SDT) is one of 226 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare SandRidge Mississippian Trust I to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SandRidge Mississippian Trust I and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I $18.14 million $15.26 million 4.68
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -22.05

SandRidge Mississippian Trust I’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than SandRidge Mississippian Trust I. SandRidge Mississippian Trust I is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.2% of SandRidge Mississippian Trust I shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies 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.

Risk and Volatility

SandRidge Mississippian Trust I has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SandRidge Mississippian Trust I’s peers have a beta of 1.37, suggesting that their average share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SandRidge Mississippian Trust I and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I 68.23% 20.24% 20.24%
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I Competitors -281.04% 24.49% 5.76%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SandRidge Mississippian Trust I and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I 0 0 0 0 N/A
SandRidge Mississippian Trust I Competitors 1473 7659 12433 259 2.53

As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 37.58%. Given SandRidge Mississippian Trust I’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SandRidge Mississippian Trust I has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

SandRidge Mississippian Trust I pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.5%. SandRidge Mississippian Trust I pays out 81.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 290.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. SandRidge Mississippian Trust I is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

SandRidge Mississippian Trust I Company Profile

SandRidge Mississippian Trust I is a statutory trust formed by and among SandRidge Energy, Inc. (SandRidge), The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., and The Corporation Trust Company. Sandridge offers various services to the Company, such as the operation of its development wells; remittance of net proceeds from the sale of associated production to the Company; administrative services, such as accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and informational services performed on behalf of the Company, and derivative agreement services related to production. The Company holds Royalty Interests in specified oil and natural gas properties located in the Mississippian formation in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Woods counties in Oklahoma. The Mississippian formation is a carbonate hydrocarbon system located on the Anadarko Shelf. The top of the formation lies stratigraphically between the Pennsylvanian-aged Morrow formation and the Devonian-aged Woodford Shale formation.

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