Reviewing GulfSlope Energy (OTCMKTS:GSPE) and Chaparral Energy (OTCMKTS:CHAP)

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

Risk and Volatility

GulfSlope Energy has a beta of 2.65, suggesting that its share price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chaparral Energy has a beta of 4.4, suggesting that its share price is 340% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of GulfSlope Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.8% of Chaparral Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 44.3% of GulfSlope Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Chaparral Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GulfSlope Energy N/A -1,320.37% -28.86%
Chaparral Energy -86.43% -2.08% -1.23%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for GulfSlope Energy and Chaparral Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GulfSlope Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chaparral Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00

Chaparral Energy has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 559.34%. Given Chaparral Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Chaparral Energy is more favorable than GulfSlope Energy.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GulfSlope Energy and Chaparral Energy’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 -$13.72 million N/A N/A
Chaparral Energy $247.36 million 0.17 $33.44 million $0.31 2.94

Chaparral Energy has higher revenue and earnings than GulfSlope Energy.

Summary

Chaparral Energy beats GulfSlope Energy on 9 of the 11 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 Chaparral Energy

Chaparral Energy, Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and operation of onshore oil and natural gas properties primarily in Oklahoma, the United States. The company sells crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids primarily to refineries and gas processing plant. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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