Viper Energy Partners (NASDAQ:VNOM) vs. Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) Head to Head Review

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Viper Energy Partners (NASDAQ:VNOM) and Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Viper Energy Partners and Gulfport Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viper Energy Partners 13.18% 0.64% 0.53%
Gulfport Energy 33.82% 7.49% 4.06%

Dividends

Viper Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Gulfport Energy does not pay a dividend. Viper Energy Partners pays out 140.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Viper Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Viper Energy Partners has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gulfport Energy has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Viper Energy Partners and Gulfport Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viper Energy Partners $288.82 million 14.15 $143.95 million $1.08 28.02
Gulfport Energy $1.36 billion 0.39 $430.56 million $1.83 1.77

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Viper Energy Partners and Gulfport Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viper Energy Partners 0 0 14 2 3.13
Gulfport Energy 2 10 5 0 2.18

Viper Energy Partners presently has a consensus price target of $41.33, suggesting a potential upside of 36.59%. Gulfport Energy has a consensus price target of $10.77, suggesting a potential upside of 233.32%. Given Gulfport Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gulfport Energy is more favorable than Viper Energy Partners.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.7% of Viper Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.2% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Viper Energy Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Gulfport Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Gulfport Energy beats Viper Energy Partners on 10 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Viper Energy Partners

Viper Energy Partners LP owns, acquires, and exploits oil and natural gas properties in North America. As of December 31, 2018, it had mineral interests in 14,841 net royalty acres in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale with estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of 63,136 thousand barrels of crude oil equivalent. Viper Energy Partners GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Midland, Texas.

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.

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