Head-To-Head Comparison: Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) vs. Halcon Resources (NASDAQ:HK)

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Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) and Halcon Resources (NYSE:HK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.6% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Halcon Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Gulfport Energy has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halcon Resources has a beta of 4.17, meaning that its share price is 317% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Gulfport Energy and Halcon Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gulfport Energy 1 10 5 0 2.25
Halcon Resources 3 3 1 0 1.71

Gulfport Energy presently has a consensus price target of $11.58, indicating a potential upside of 141.85%. Halcon Resources has a consensus price target of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 2,660.02%. Given Halcon Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Halcon Resources is more favorable than Gulfport Energy.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gulfport Energy and Halcon Resources’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gulfport Energy $1.36 billion 0.58 $430.56 million $1.83 2.62
Halcon Resources $226.61 million 0.12 $45.96 million ($0.05) -3.44

Gulfport Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Halcon Resources. Halcon Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gulfport Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Gulfport Energy and Halcon Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gulfport Energy 29.83% 8.28% 4.46%
Halcon Resources -125.62% -0.03% -0.02%

Summary

Gulfport Energy beats Halcon Resources on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gulfport Energy

Gulfport Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and production of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in North America. Its principal properties include Utica Shale covering an area of approximately 241,000 gross acres primarily in Eastern Ohio; and SCOOP that comprise leasehold interests in approximately 66,000 gross surface acres located in Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2018, it had 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent of proved reserves; and proved undeveloped reserves of 11,480 MBbls of oil; 2,320,705 millions of cubic feet of natural gas, and 39,710 millions of cubic feet of NGLs. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

About Halcon Resources

Halcón Resources Corporation, an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, production, exploration, and development of onshore oil and natural gas assets in the United States. As of December 31, 2018, the company held interests in 56,900 net acres in the Delaware Basin, located in Pecos, Reeves, Ward, and Winkler Counties, Texas. As of December 31, 2018, it had estimated proved reserves of approximately 85.2 million barrels of oil equivalent comprising 50.7 million barrels of crude oil, 17.1 million barrels of natural gas liquids, and 104.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was formerly known as RAM Energy Resources, Inc. and changed its name to Halcón Resources Corporation in February 2012. Halcón Resources Corporation was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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