Comparing InPlay Oil (OTCMKTS:IPOOF) and Matador Resources (OTCMKTS:MTDR)

InPlay Oil (OTCMKTS:IPOOF) and Matador Resources (NYSE:MTDR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares InPlay Oil and Matador Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
InPlay Oil -21.70% -8.76% -4.93%
Matador Resources 19.10% 8.71% 4.45%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for InPlay Oil and Matador Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
InPlay Oil 0 0 0 0 N/A
Matador Resources 0 2 12 0 2.86

Matador Resources has a consensus price target of $27.08, indicating a potential upside of 88.73%. Given Matador Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Matador Resources is more favorable than InPlay Oil.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares InPlay Oil and Matador Resources’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
InPlay Oil $58.96 million 0.56 -$6.63 million N/A N/A
Matador Resources $899.60 million 1.86 $274.21 million $1.62 8.86

Matador Resources has higher revenue and earnings than InPlay Oil.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.2% of Matador Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of Matador Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

InPlay Oil has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matador Resources has a beta of 2, indicating that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Matador Resources beats InPlay Oil on 11 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

InPlay Oil Company Profile

Inplay Oil Corp. engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of petroleum and natural gas properties in Canada. The company produces and sells crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It primarily holds interests in the Caradium Formation in the Pembina and Willesden Green pools located in West Central Alberta. Inplay Oil Corp. is based in Calgary, Canada.

Matador Resources Company Profile

Matador Resources Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, production, and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources in the United States. It operates in two segments, Exploration and Production; and Midstream. The company primarily holds interests in the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring plays in the Delaware Basin in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. It also operates the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas; and the Haynesville shale and Cotton Valley plays in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas. In addition, the company conducts midstream operations in support of its exploration, development, and production operations; provides natural gas processing and oil transportation services; and offers oil, natural gas, and salt water gathering services, as well as salt water disposal services to third parties. As of December 31, 2018, its estimated total proved oil and natural gas reserves were 215.3 million barrels of oil equivalent, including 123.4 million stock tank barrels of oil and 551.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was formerly known as Matador Holdco, Inc. and changed its name to Matador Resources Company in August 2011. Matador Resources Company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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