SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD) and Geopark (NYSE:GPRK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SandRidge Energy and Geopark’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SandRidge Energy $374.96 million 1.65 $226.66 million N/A N/A
Geopark $252.12 million 1.88 $126.42 million ($0.65) -12.14

SandRidge Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Geopark.


This table compares SandRidge Energy and Geopark’s 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
Geopark -15.19% -21.79% -5.07%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for SandRidge Energy and Geopark, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SandRidge Energy 0 1 1 0 2.50
Geopark 0 0 5 0 3.00

SandRidge Energy presently has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.34%. Geopark has a consensus target price of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 45.75%. Given Geopark’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Geopark is more favorable than SandRidge Energy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.9% of SandRidge Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.0% of Geopark shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of SandRidge Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


SandRidge Energy beats Geopark on 7 of the 11 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 Geopark

GeoPark Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reserves in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. As of December 31, 2016, the company had working and/or economic interests in 26 hydrocarbons blocks, as well as shallow-offshore concession in Brazil that includes the Manati Field. It had net proved reserves of 73.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as GeoPark Holdings Limited and changed its name to GeoPark Limited in July 2013. GeoPark Limited was founded in 2002 and is based in Santiago, Chile.

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