Independence Contract Drilling (NYSE: ICD) and Geopark (NYSE:GPRK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Independence Contract Drilling has a beta of 2.78, suggesting that its share price is 178% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geopark has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.8% of Independence Contract Drilling shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.2% of Geopark shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.8% of Independence Contract Drilling shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Independence Contract Drilling and Geopark’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Independence Contract Drilling $73.97 million 1.89 $6.78 million ($0.81) -4.59
Geopark $252.12 million 2.10 $126.42 million ($0.65) -13.57

Geopark has higher revenue and earnings than Independence Contract Drilling. Geopark is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Independence Contract Drilling, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Independence Contract Drilling and Geopark, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Independence Contract Drilling 0 1 5 0 2.83
Geopark 0 0 6 0 3.00

Independence Contract Drilling presently has a consensus target price of $6.38, indicating a potential upside of 71.37%. Geopark has a consensus target price of $11.50, indicating a potential upside of 30.39%. Given Independence Contract Drilling’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Independence Contract Drilling is more favorable than Geopark.

Profitability

This table compares Independence Contract Drilling and Geopark’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Independence Contract Drilling -40.75% -8.62% -7.24%
Geopark -15.19% -21.79% -5.07%

Summary

Geopark beats Independence Contract Drilling on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Independence Contract Drilling Company Profile

Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers in the United States. The company constructs, owns, and operates a fleet of ShaleDriller rigs to optimize the development of various oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, it had 12 rigs. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Geopark Company Profile

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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