Mesa Royalty Trust (MTR) versus Marine Petroleum Trust (MARPS) Financial Contrast

Mesa Royalty Trust (NYSE:MTR) and Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:MARPS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Mesa Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.0%. Marine Petroleum Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.3%. Mesa Royalty Trust has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Mesa Royalty Trust and Marine Petroleum Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesa Royalty Trust 93.30% 80.14% 66.76%
Marine Petroleum Trust 76.51% 72.63% 72.63%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mesa Royalty Trust and Marine Petroleum Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mesa Royalty Trust $3.02 million 8.11 $2.93 million N/A N/A
Marine Petroleum Trust $870,000.00 5.36 $660,000.00 N/A N/A

Mesa Royalty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Marine Petroleum Trust.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

14.8% of Mesa Royalty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.8% of Marine Petroleum Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Mesa Royalty Trust has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marine Petroleum Trust has a beta of 2.32, indicating that its stock price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Mesa Royalty Trust and Marine Petroleum Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesa Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Marine Petroleum Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Mesa Royalty Trust beats Marine Petroleum Trust on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mesa Royalty Trust Company Profile

Mesa Royalty Trust holds net overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. It has interests in properties located in the Hugoton field of Kansas; and the San Juan Basin field of New Mexico and Colorado. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Marine Petroleum Trust Company Profile

Marine Petroleum Trust (the Trust) is a royalty trust. The Trust is engaged in the administration and liquidation of rights to payments from certain oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, under license agreements and amendments between the Trust’s predecessors and Chevron Corporation (Chevron) and its assignees. The Trust distributes all income, after paying its liabilities and obligations, to the unit holders during the months of March, June, September and December each year. The Trust’s subsidiary, Marine Petroleum Corporation (MPC), holds title to interests in properties subject to the Trust’s interests that are situated offshore of Louisiana. MPC is engaged in the administration and collection of royalties. As of June 30, 2016, MPC held an overriding royalty interest equal to 0.75% of the value at the well of any oil, natural gas, or other minerals produced and sold from the leases. All aspects of MPC’s operations are conducted by third parties.

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