Marine Petroleum Trust (MARPS) versus Mesa Royalty Trust (MTR) Head to Head Survey

Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:MARPS) and Mesa Royalty Trust (NYSE:MTR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.7% of Marine Petroleum Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.6% of Mesa Royalty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Marine Petroleum Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.9%. Mesa Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.1%. Mesa Royalty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Marine Petroleum Trust and Mesa Royalty Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marine Petroleum Trust $870,000.00 5.17 $660,000.00 N/A N/A
Mesa Royalty Trust $3.02 million 8.09 $2.93 million N/A N/A

Mesa Royalty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Marine Petroleum Trust.

Risk and Volatility

Marine Petroleum Trust has a beta of 2.29, suggesting that its share price is 129% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mesa Royalty Trust has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Marine Petroleum Trust and Mesa Royalty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marine Petroleum Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mesa Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Marine Petroleum Trust and Mesa Royalty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marine Petroleum Trust 76.51% 72.63% 72.63%
Mesa Royalty Trust 93.30% 80.14% 66.76%

Summary

Mesa Royalty Trust beats Marine Petroleum Trust on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Marine Petroleum Trust Company Profile

Marine Petroleum Trust (the Trust) is a royalty trust. The Trust is engaged in the administration and liquidation of rights to payments from certain oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, under license agreements and amendments between the Trust’s predecessors and Chevron Corporation (Chevron) and its assignees. The Trust distributes all income, after paying its liabilities and obligations, to the unit holders during the months of March, June, September and December each year. The Trust’s subsidiary, Marine Petroleum Corporation (MPC), holds title to interests in properties subject to the Trust’s interests that are situated offshore of Louisiana. MPC is engaged in the administration and collection of royalties. As of June 30, 2016, MPC held an overriding royalty interest equal to 0.75% of the value at the well of any oil, natural gas, or other minerals produced and sold from the leases. All aspects of MPC’s operations are conducted by third parties.

Mesa Royalty Trust Company Profile

Mesa Royalty Trust holds net overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. It has interests in properties located in the Hugoton field of Kansas; and the San Juan Basin field of New Mexico and Colorado. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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