Jagged Peak Energy (NYSE: JAG) and Tellurian (NASDAQ:TELL) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Jagged Peak Energy has a beta of -1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 213% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tellurian has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Jagged Peak Energy and Tellurian’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jagged Peak Energy $267.31 million 10.68 -$451.93 million $0.26 51.50
Tellurian $5.44 million 487.91 -$231.45 million ($0.82) -14.17

Tellurian has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Jagged Peak Energy. Tellurian is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jagged Peak Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.1% of Jagged Peak Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.6% of Tellurian shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Jagged Peak Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.8% of Tellurian shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Jagged Peak Energy and Tellurian, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jagged Peak Energy 0 7 9 0 2.56
Tellurian 0 1 3 0 2.75

Jagged Peak Energy presently has a consensus price target of $16.61, suggesting a potential upside of 24.03%. Tellurian has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.57%. Given Jagged Peak Energy’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Jagged Peak Energy is more favorable than Tellurian.

Profitability

This table compares Jagged Peak Energy and Tellurian’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jagged Peak Energy -7.13% 10.30% 6.79%
Tellurian N/A -56.47% -48.85%

Summary

Jagged Peak Energy beats Tellurian on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Jagged Peak Energy

Jagged Peak Energy Inc. operates as an independent oil and natural gas company. The company focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Southern Delaware basin, a sub-basin of the Permian basin of West Texas. As of December 31, 2016, it held an 86% average working interest in approximately 75,200 net acres with an estimated net proved reserves of 82,358 thousand barrel of oil equivalent, as well as owned a 94% average working interest in 94 net productive wells. Jagged Peak Energy Inc. was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

About Tellurian

Tellurian Inc. plans to develop, own, and operate a natural gas business and to deliver natural gas to customers worldwide. The company is developing a portfolio of natural gas production, liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading, and infrastructure that includes an approximately 27.6 million tons per annum LNG export facility and an associated pipeline. As of December 31, 2017, it owned interests in approximately 11,844 net developed and undeveloped acres of natural gas properties in northern Louisiana. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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