SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) and Vanguard Natural Resources (NASDAQ:VNR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SandRidge Energy and Vanguard Natural Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SandRidge Energy 0 1 1 0 2.50
Vanguard Natural Resources 4 1 0 0 1.20

SandRidge Energy presently has a consensus price target of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.57%. Given SandRidge Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SandRidge Energy is more favorable than Vanguard Natural Resources.

Profitability

This table compares SandRidge Energy and Vanguard Natural Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SandRidge Energy N/A N/A N/A
Vanguard Natural Resources -7.50% N/A -2.74%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SandRidge Energy and Vanguard Natural Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SandRidge Energy $376.96 million 1.76 $226.66 million N/A N/A
Vanguard Natural Resources N/A N/A N/A ($9.14) -0.02

SandRidge Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Vanguard Natural Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.9% of SandRidge Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.0% of Vanguard Natural Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of SandRidge Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Vanguard Natural Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

SandRidge Energy beats Vanguard Natural Resources on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SandRidge Energy

SandRidge Energy, Inc. is an oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. It operates through two segments: exploration and production, which is engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas properties and includes its proportionate share of the activities of the SandRidge Mississippian Trust I, SandRidge Mississippian Trust II and SandRidge Permian Trust (the Royalty Trusts), and midstream services, which coordinates the delivery of electricity to its exploration and production operations in the Mid-Continent. It focuses on exploration and production activities in the Mid-Continent and Rockies regions of the United States. It owns and operates additional interests in west Texas. It also operates businesses and infrastructure systems, including a saltwater gathering and disposal system, and an electrical transmission system.

About Vanguard Natural Resources

Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC is focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Through its operating subsidiaries, the Company owns properties, and oil and natural gas reserves primarily located in over 10 operating basins: the Green River Basin in Wyoming; the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico; the Gulf Coast Basin in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama; the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma and North Texas; the Piceance Basin in Colorado; the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming and Montana; the Arkoma Basin in Arkansas and Oklahoma; the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana; the Wind River Basin in Wyoming, and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. The Company owns working interests in approximately 14,460 gross (over 5,280 net) productive wells. In addition, the Company owns approximately 881,510 gross undeveloped leasehold acres surrounding its existing wells.

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