Head-To-Head Review: Sonde Resources (SOQDQ) versus Ecopetrol (EC)

Sonde Resources (OTCMKTS:SOQDQ) and Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Sonde Resources and Ecopetrol, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sonde Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ecopetrol 2 4 0 0 1.67

Ecopetrol has a consensus target price of $16.50, suggesting a potential downside of 10.52%. Given Ecopetrol’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ecopetrol is more favorable than Sonde Resources.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sonde Resources and Ecopetrol’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sonde Resources N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ecopetrol $18.77 billion 2.02 $10.77 billion $1.09 16.92

Ecopetrol has higher revenue and earnings than Sonde Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.0% of Ecopetrol shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Sonde Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sonde Resources and Ecopetrol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sonde Resources N/A N/A N/A
Ecopetrol 19.13% 13.27% 5.52%

Risk and Volatility

Sonde Resources has a beta of 19.77, meaning that its stock price is 1,877% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecopetrol has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Ecopetrol pays an annual dividend of $0.61 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Sonde Resources does not pay a dividend. Ecopetrol pays out 56.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Ecopetrol beats Sonde Resources on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sonde Resources

Sonde Resources Corp. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of petroleum and natural gas properties in offshore North Africa and Western Canada. It holds a 100% working interest in the 768,000 acre joint oil block offshore Tunisia and Libya, as well as undeveloped land positions in Duvernay play covering 44,021 net acres and Wabamun play covering 53,489 net acres in West Central and Northern Alberta. The company was formerly known as Canadian Superior Energy Inc. and changed its name to Sonde Resources Corp. in June 2010. Sonde Resources Corp. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About Ecopetrol

Ecopetrol S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production; Refining, Petrochemical, and Biofuels; and Transport and Logistics. The company produces crude oil and gas; and engages in the extraction, collection, treatment, storage and pumping or compression of hydrocarbons. It also transports and distributes hydrocarbons, derivatives, and products. The company has 8,500 kilometers of transportation pipeline systems. In addition, it commercializes crude oils and by-products, including fuel oil, virgin naphtha, cracked naphtha, aviation gasoline, and others; produces and markets polypropylene resin, compounds, and masterbatches; provides financing services; and offers refined and petrochemical products, as well as industrial service sales to customers. The company was formerly known as Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos and changed its name to Ecopetrol S.A. in June 2003. Ecopetrol S.A. was founded in 1948 and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.

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