GulfSlope Energy (OTCMKTS:GSPE) and Oasis Petroleum (NYSE:OAS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for GulfSlope Energy and Oasis Petroleum, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GulfSlope Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Oasis Petroleum 1 14 9 0 2.33

Oasis Petroleum has a consensus price target of $7.41, suggesting a potential upside of 99.24%. Given Oasis Petroleum’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oasis Petroleum is more favorable than GulfSlope Energy.

Profitability

This table compares GulfSlope Energy and Oasis Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GulfSlope Energy N/A N/A -13.13%
Oasis Petroleum 9.43% 0.59% 0.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of GulfSlope Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.9% of Oasis Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.3% of GulfSlope Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Oasis Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

GulfSlope Energy has a beta of 2.8, indicating that its stock price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oasis Petroleum has a beta of 2.2, indicating that its stock price is 120% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GulfSlope Energy and Oasis Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GulfSlope Energy N/A N/A -$2.63 million N/A N/A
Oasis Petroleum $2.32 billion 0.52 -$35.30 million $0.26 14.31

GulfSlope Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Oasis Petroleum.

Summary

Oasis Petroleum beats GulfSlope Energy on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GulfSlope Energy

GulfSlope Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas exploration company, focuses on the exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters offshore Louisiana in the United States. It has leased 14 federal outer continental shelf blocks and licensed 2.2 million acres of three-dimensional seismic data in its area of concentration. The company was formerly known as Plan A Promotions, Inc. and changed its name to GulfSlope Energy, Inc. in April 2012. GulfSlope Energy, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Oasis Petroleum

Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition and development of onshore unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the North Dakota and Montana regions of the Williston Basin and the Texas region of the Delaware Basin, respectively. As of December 31, 2018, the company had 413,552 net leasehold acres in the Williston Basin; and 23,366 net leasehold acres in the Delaware Basin, as well as approximately 320.5 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated net proved reserves. It also operates midstream services and a well services businesses. The company sells its oil and natural gas to refiners, marketers, and other purchasers that have access to pipeline and rail facilities. Oasis Petroleum Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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