Analyzing Stone Energy Corporation (SGY) and Cardinal Energy Group (CEGX)

Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE: SGY) and Cardinal Energy Group (OTCMKTS:CEGX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Cardinal Energy Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stone Energy Corporation $364.82 million 1.43 $201.90 million N/A N/A
Cardinal Energy Group $247,881.00 8.73 -$732,086.00 N/A N/A

Stone Energy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Cardinal Energy Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Stone Energy Corporation and Cardinal Energy Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stone Energy Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00
Cardinal Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stone Energy Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential downside of 75.11%. Given Stone Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Stone Energy Corporation is more favorable than Cardinal Energy Group.

Volatility & Risk

Stone Energy Corporation has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cardinal Energy Group has a beta of -5.62, suggesting that its share price is 662% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Stone Energy Corporation and Cardinal Energy Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stone Energy Corporation 41.74% -215.45% 29.97%
Cardinal Energy Group N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.8% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of Cardinal Energy Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Stone Energy Corporation beats Cardinal Energy Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stone Energy Corporation Company Profile

Stone Energy Corporation is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) basin. It has leveraged its operations in the GOM conventional shelf and has its reserve base in the prolific basins of the GOM deep water, Gulf Coast deep gas, and the Marcellus and Utica shales in Appalachia. Its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves are over 60 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBoe) or 340 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). Over 95 MMBoe or 570 Bcfe of its estimated proved reserves are revised downward. It has made investments in seismic data and leasehold interests, and has geological, geophysical, engineering and operational operations in deep water arena to evaluate potential exploration, development and acquisition opportunities. It holds over two deep water platforms, producing reserves and various leases.

Cardinal Energy Group Company Profile

Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. is engaged in the business of acquiring, developing and operating oil and gas leases. These operations are primarily focused on properties in which it holds a leasehold interest. The Company owns interests in oil and gas leases located in the north-central section of Texas. It holds approximately 85% working interest in the Dawson-Conway leases located in Shackelford County, Texas. The property consists of approximately 41 wells on over 618 acres. It holds approximately 100% working interest in the Powers-Sanders lease located in Shackelford County, Texas. The property consists of approximately 385 acres and over five producing oil wells. It holds approximately 100% working interest in the Stroebel-Broyles leases located in Eastland County, Texas. It holds approximately 43.75% working interest in the Fortune prospect located in Shackelford County, Texas. It holds over 100% working interest in the Bradford West lease.

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