Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) and Range Resources-Louisiana (NASDAQ:MRD) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Pacific Coast Oil Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.1%. Range Resources-Louisiana does not pay a dividend. Pacific Coast Oil Trust pays out 375.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pacific Coast Oil Trust and Range Resources-Louisiana’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Coast Oil Trust $32.19 million 1.98 $220,000.00 $0.04 41.26
Range Resources-Louisiana N/A N/A N/A $0.23 64.00

Pacific Coast Oil Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Range Resources-Louisiana. Pacific Coast Oil Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Range Resources-Louisiana, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

10.0% of Pacific Coast Oil Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.3% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are held by institutional investors. 51.1% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific Coast Oil Trust and Range Resources-Louisiana’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 7.04% 1.43% 1.43%
Range Resources-Louisiana -197.84% -39.17% -21.83%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Pacific Coast Oil Trust and Range Resources-Louisiana, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0 1 0 0 2.00
Range Resources-Louisiana 0 0 0 0 N/A

Pacific Coast Oil Trust presently has a consensus target price of $1.50, suggesting a potential downside of 9.09%. Given Pacific Coast Oil Trust’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Pacific Coast Oil Trust is more favorable than Range Resources-Louisiana.

Summary

Pacific Coast Oil Trust beats Range Resources-Louisiana on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust Company Profile

Pacific Coast Oil Trust is a statutory trust formed by Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (PCEC). The Trust is engaged in acquiring and holding net profits and royalty interests in certain oil and natural gas properties located in California for the benefit of the Trust unitholders. The Underlying Properties consist of producing and non-producing interests in oil units, wells and lands located onshore in California in the Santa Maria Basin, which contains PCEC’s Orcutt properties, and the Los Angeles Basin, which contains PCEC’s West Pico, East Coyote and Sawtelle properties. The Underlying Properties consist of the proved developed reserves referred to as the Developed Properties and all other development potential on the Underlying Properties, which are referred to as the Remaining Properties. Production from the Developed Properties attributable to the Trust is produced from wells that, because they have already been drilled and require limited additional capital expenditures.

Range Resources-Louisiana Company Profile

Range Resources-Louisiana, Inc., formerly Memorial Resource Development Corp, is an independent natural gas and oil company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties with substantially all of its activities in the Terryville Complex of North Louisiana. The Company’s segments include MRD and Memorial Production Partners LP (MEMP). The MRD Segment is focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties primarily in the Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The MEMP Segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties, with assets consisting primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties that are located in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming and offshore Southern California. The MEMP segment reflects the combined operations of MEMP and its subsidiaries.

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