Financial Analysis: Stone Energy (SGY) & Eca Marcellus Trust I (NYSE:ECT)

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Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY) and Eca Marcellus Trust I (NYSE:ECT) 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 profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Stone Energy and Eca Marcellus Trust I’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stone Energy 9.64% 9.36% 3.31%
Eca Marcellus Trust I 79.50% 9.19% 8.98%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stone Energy and Eca Marcellus Trust I’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stone Energy $319.20 million 2.22 $382.67 million N/A N/A
Eca Marcellus Trust I $6.88 million 4.66 $5.73 million N/A N/A

Stone Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Eca Marcellus Trust I.

Dividends

Eca Marcellus Trust I pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.3%. Stone Energy does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.9% of Stone Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.0% of Eca Marcellus Trust I shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Stone Energy and Eca Marcellus Trust I, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stone Energy 0 1 2 0 2.67
Eca Marcellus Trust I 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stone Energy presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 91.55%. Given Stone Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Stone Energy is more favorable than Eca Marcellus Trust I.

Risk & Volatility

Stone Energy has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eca Marcellus Trust I has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stone Energy beats Eca Marcellus Trust I on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stone Energy

Stone Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and operation of oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. As of December 31, 2017, it had an estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of approximately 32.5 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.

About Eca Marcellus Trust I

ECA Marcellus Trust I owns royalty interests in producing and development horizontal natural gas wells for Energy Corporation of America (ECA). The company owns royalty interests in 14 producing wells and 40 development wells. Its royalty interests in the producing wells allow the company to receive 90% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECA's interest in the producing wells; and 50% of the proceeds from the sale of production of natural gas attributable to ECA's interest in the development wells. ECA Marcellus Trust I was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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