Crimson Exploration (CXPO) versus Memorial Production Partners (MEMP) Financial Review

Crimson Exploration (NASDAQ: CXPO) and Memorial Production Partners (NASDAQ:MEMP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Dividends

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Memorial Production Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 46.2%. Crimson Exploration 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 Crimson Exploration and Memorial Production Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crimson Exploration N/A N/A N/A ($2.16) -517.23
Memorial Production Partners N/A N/A N/A ($6.48) -0.02

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Crimson Exploration and Memorial Production Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crimson Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Memorial Production Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Crimson Exploration and Memorial Production Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crimson Exploration N/A N/A N/A
Memorial Production Partners -395.31% -496.55% -58.07%

Summary

Memorial Production Partners beats Crimson Exploration on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crimson Exploration Company Profile

Crimson Exploration Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, exploration and development of natural gases and crude oil properties. The Company has operations in the onshore United States Gulf Coast, South Texas and Colorado regions. As of December 31, 2011, the Company was focused in the resource plays in South Texas (the Eagle Ford Shale oil play), Southeast Texas (the Woodbine/Georgetown oil play) and East Texas (the Haynesville, Mid-Bossier and James Lime plays). Additionally, the Company has producing properties in the DJ Basin, in Weld and Adams counties Colorado. As of December 31, 2011, 81% of the Company’s proved reserves were natural gas, 37% were proved developed and 87% were attributed to wells and properties operated by the Company. In October 2013, Contango Oil & Gas Company and Crimson Exploration Inc. jointly announced the completion of the merger.

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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