Financial Comparison: Kosmos Energy (KOS) & Triangle Petroleum (TPLM)

Kosmos Energy (OTCMKTS: TPLM) and Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS:TPLM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Kosmos Energy and Triangle Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kosmos Energy 0 1 9 0 2.90
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kosmos Energy presently has a consensus price target of $9.95, indicating a potential upside of 10.51%. Given Kosmos Energy’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Kosmos Energy is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.6% of Kosmos Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.0% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Kosmos Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kosmos Energy and Triangle Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kosmos Energy $636.84 million 5.63 -$222.79 million ($0.33) -27.27
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.01 -$822.34 million N/A N/A

Kosmos Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Triangle Petroleum.


This table compares Kosmos Energy and Triangle Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kosmos Energy -49.78% -15.21% -4.39%
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Kosmos Energy has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 2.12, indicating that its share price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Kosmos Energy beats Triangle Petroleum on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kosmos Energy

Kosmos Energy Ltd. explores for and produces oil and gas in Africa and South America. Its asset portfolio includes production and other development projects in offshore Ghana and Equatorial Guinea; and exploration potential in offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses in offshore Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe, and Suriname. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About Triangle Petroleum

Triangle Petroleum Corporation, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. It operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Oilfield Services. As of January 31, 2016, the company had leasehold interests in approximately 103,540 net acres in the Bakken Shale and Three Forks formations in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. It also offers oilfield services, including hydraulic pressure pumping, wireline, perforating, pump rental, workover, and other complementary services, as well as midstream services. The company was formerly known as Peloton Resources Inc. and changed its name to Triangle Petroleum Corporation in May 2005. Triangle Petroleum Corporation was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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