Oasis Petroleum (NYSE:OAS) and ZaZa Energy (OTCMKTS:ZAZA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Oasis Petroleum and ZaZa Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oasis Petroleum $1.25 billion 1.42 $123.79 million $0.02 279.50
ZaZa Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Oasis Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than ZaZa Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Oasis Petroleum and ZaZa Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oasis Petroleum -7.08% 3.12% 1.56%
ZaZa Energy N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.2% of Oasis Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Oasis Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 56.9% of ZaZa Energy shares are owned by company 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.

Volatility and Risk

Oasis Petroleum has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ZaZa Energy has a beta of -0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Oasis Petroleum and ZaZa Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oasis Petroleum 1 9 15 0 2.56
ZaZa Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Oasis Petroleum presently has a consensus target price of $13.32, suggesting a potential upside of 138.21%. Given Oasis Petroleum’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Oasis Petroleum is more favorable than ZaZa Energy.

Summary

Oasis Petroleum beats ZaZa Energy on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oasis Petroleum Company Profile

Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition and development of onshore unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the North Dakota and Montana regions of the Williston Basin, and Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2017, the company had 502,660 net leasehold acres in the Williston Basin; and approximately 312.2 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated net proved reserves. It also operates midstream services and a well services businesses. The company sells its oil and natural gas to refiners, marketers, and other purchasers that have access to pipeline and rail facilities. Oasis Petroleum Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

ZaZa Energy Company Profile

ZaZa Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, focuses on the exploration and production of unconventional and conventional oil and gas assets in the United States. The company's properties include the Eagle Ford East Trend comprising approximately 41,000 net acres in Houston, Leon, Madison, Grimes, Walker, Trinity, and Montgomery counties in East Texas; and Eagle Ford Trend covering approximately 3,700 net acres located in DeWitt and Lavaca counties in South Texas. As of December 31, 2014, it owned 45,000 net acres with proved reserves of approximately 1,011 thousand barrels of oil equivalent. ZaZa Energy Corporation is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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