Head to Head Survey: Range Resources-Louisiana (MRD) versus Memorial Production Partners (MEMP)

Range Resources-Louisiana (NASDAQ: MRD) and Memorial Production Partners (NASDAQ:MEMP) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and Memorial Production Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Range Resources-Louisiana -197.84% -39.17% -21.83%
Memorial Production Partners -395.31% -496.55% -58.07%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.1% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Memorial Production Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 46.2%. Range Resources-Louisiana does not pay a dividend. Memorial Production Partners pays out -0.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and Memorial Production Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Range Resources-Louisiana N/A N/A N/A $0.23 64.00
Memorial Production Partners N/A N/A N/A ($6.48) -0.02

Memorial Production Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Range Resources-Louisiana, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Range Resources-Louisiana and Memorial Production Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Range Resources-Louisiana 0 0 0 0 N/A
Memorial Production Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Range Resources-Louisiana beats Memorial Production Partners on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Range Resources-Louisiana Company Profile

Range Resources-Louisiana, Inc., formerly Memorial Resource Development Corp, is an independent natural gas and oil company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties with substantially all of its activities in the Terryville Complex of North Louisiana. The Company’s segments include MRD and Memorial Production Partners LP (MEMP). The MRD Segment is focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties primarily in the Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The MEMP Segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties, with assets consisting primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties that are located in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming and offshore Southern California. The MEMP segment reflects the combined operations of MEMP and its subsidiaries.

Memorial Production Partners Company Profile

Memorial Production Partners LP (the Partnership) owns, acquires and exploits oil and natural gas properties in North America. The Partnership is owned by its limited partners and general partner. Its general partner is responsible for managing all of the Partnership’s operations and activities. The Partnership operates in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties segment. Its business activities are conducted through Memorial Production Operating LLC (OLLC) and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Its assets consist primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties, and are located in East Texas/Louisiana, Rockies, Offshore Southern California, Permian Basin and South Texas. Most of its oil and natural gas properties are located in oil and natural gas reservoirs with geologic characteristics and production profiles and capital requirements.

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