Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ:AMR) and UPD (OTCMKTS:UPDC) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and valuation.
Volatility & Risk
Alta Mesa Resources has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UPD has a beta of -3.53, suggesting that its stock price is 453% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
53.5% of Alta Mesa Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Alta Mesa Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of UPD shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Alta Mesa Resources and UPD’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Alta Mesa Resources||N/A||N/A||$1.89 million||N/A||N/A|
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Alta Mesa Resources and UPD, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Alta Mesa Resources||0||1||3||0||2.75|
Alta Mesa Resources presently has a consensus price target of $9.24, indicating a potential upside of 185.11%. Given Alta Mesa Resources’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Alta Mesa Resources is more favorable than UPD.
This table compares Alta Mesa Resources and UPD’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Alta Mesa Resources||N/A||-5.29%||-3.42%|
Alta Mesa Resources beats UPD on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Alta Mesa Resources
Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves in the Anadarko Basin. It also offers midstream energy services, including crude oil and gas gathering, processing, and marketing to producers of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, and condensate in the STACK Play region of Oklahoma. The company was formerly known as Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II and changed its name to Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. in February 2018. Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Houston, Texas.
As of December 31, 2017, UPD Holding Corp. was acquired by Record STREET Brewing Company, in a reverse merger transaction. UPD Holding Corp. focuses on providing blend meal replacements, dietary specialty foods, and nutraceuticals. It intends to offer Catalyst, which provides essential vitamins and plant compounds that are necessary to aid in metabolic functions; Mini-Meal that offers the essential whey protein isolate intake; Multi-Pro, which provides essential broad-spectrum vitamins and minerals; and BittX that is used to reform the body's disposition toward bitter foods. The company was formerly known as Esio Water & Beverage Development Corp. and changed its name to UPD Holding Corp. in December 2015. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Reno, Nevada. As of December 31, 2017, UPD Holding Corp. operates as a subsidiary of Record STREET Brewing Company.
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