Black Ridge Oil & Gas (OTCMKTS: ATLS) and Atlas Energy Group (OTCMKTS:ATLS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Black Ridge Oil & Gas and Atlas Energy Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Ridge Oil & Gas N/A -33.87% -0.62%
Atlas Energy Group -280.60% N/A -22.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Black Ridge Oil & Gas and Atlas Energy Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Ridge Oil & Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Atlas Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Black Ridge Oil & Gas and Atlas Energy Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Ridge Oil & Gas $1.00 million 10.08 -$390,000.00 N/A N/A
Atlas Energy Group $9.05 million 0.17 -$13.82 million N/A N/A

Black Ridge Oil & Gas has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Atlas Energy Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Atlas Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.4% of Atlas Energy Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Black Ridge Oil & Gas has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Energy Group has a beta of -0.25, indicating that its stock price is 125% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Black Ridge Oil & Gas beats Atlas Energy Group on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Black Ridge Oil & Gas

Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. focuses on acquiring, investing in, and managing the oil and gas assets in the United States. The company was formerly known as Ante5, Inc. and changed its name to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. in April 2012. Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Atlas Energy Group

Atlas Energy Group, LLC, through its subsidiaries, develops and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. It holds interest in the Eagle Ford Shale in southern Texas; the Marble Falls play in the Fort Worth Basin in northern Texas; and the Mississippi Lime play in northwestern Oklahoma. In addition, the company focuses on investing in master limited partnership-qualifying businesses and assets. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 31 billion cubic feet equivalent. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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