Sabine Royalty Trust (NYSE:SBR) and San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:SJT) 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 analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Sabine Royalty Trust and San Juan Basin Royalty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sabine Royalty Trust 94.34% 823.90% 583.95%
San Juan Basin Royalty Trust 93.78% 347.05% 257.01%

Volatility & Risk

Sabine Royalty Trust has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, San Juan Basin Royalty Trust has a beta of -0.09, indicating that its stock price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.8% of Sabine Royalty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.5% of San Juan Basin Royalty Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Sabine Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $4.85 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.8%. San Juan Basin Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.91 per share and has a dividend yield of 15.7%. San Juan Basin Royalty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. San Juan Basin Royalty Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sabine Royalty Trust and San Juan Basin Royalty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sabine Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
San Juan Basin Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sabine Royalty Trust and San Juan Basin Royalty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sabine Royalty Trust $37.20 million 14.89 $34.72 million N/A N/A
San Juan Basin Royalty Trust $40.73 million 6.65 $39.13 million N/A N/A

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Sabine Royalty Trust.

Sabine Royalty Trust Company Profile

Sabine Royalty Trust holds royalty and mineral interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. Its royalty and mineral interests include landowner's royalties, overriding royalty interests, minerals, production payments, and other similar non-participatory interest in certain producing and proved undeveloped oil and gas properties located in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust Company Profile

San Juan Basin Royalty Trust operates as an express trust in Texas. The company has a 75% net overriding royalty interest carved out of Southland's oil and natural gas interests (the subject interests) in properties located in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico. The subject interests consist of working interests, royalty interests, overriding royalty interests, and other contractual rights in 119,000 net producing acres in San Juan, Rio Arriba, and Sandoval Counties of northwestern New Mexico, as well as 829.8 net wells. Compass Bank serves as the trustee of the San Juan Basin Royalty Trust. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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