Critical Survey: Marine Petroleum Trust (MARPS) versus Permian Basin Royalty Trust (PBT)

Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:MARPS) and Permian Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:PBT) 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, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Marine Petroleum Trust has a beta of 2.29, meaning that its stock price is 129% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Permian Basin Royalty Trust has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.



Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.7% of Marine Petroleum Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.6% of Permian Basin Royalty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Profitability

This table compares Marine Petroleum Trust and Permian Basin Royalty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marine Petroleum Trust 76.51% 72.63% 72.63%
Permian Basin Royalty Trust 95.79% 6,166.83% 737.06%

Dividends

Marine Petroleum Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 19.1%. Permian Basin Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Marine Petroleum Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Permian Basin Royalty Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Marine Petroleum Trust and Permian Basin Royalty Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marine Petroleum Trust $870,000.00 4.57 $660,000.00 N/A N/A
Permian Basin Royalty Trust $30.56 million 10.54 $29.32 million N/A N/A

Permian Basin Royalty Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Marine Petroleum Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Marine Petroleum Trust and Permian Basin Royalty Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marine Petroleum Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Permian Basin Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Permian Basin Royalty Trust beats Marine Petroleum Trust on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Marine Petroleum Trust Company Profile

Marine Petroleum Trust (the Trust) is a royalty trust. The Trust is engaged in the administration and liquidation of rights to payments from certain oil and natural gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, under license agreements and amendments between the Trust’s predecessors and Chevron Corporation (Chevron) and its assignees. The Trust distributes all income, after paying its liabilities and obligations, to the unit holders during the months of March, June, September and December each year. The Trust’s subsidiary, Marine Petroleum Corporation (MPC), holds title to interests in properties subject to the Trust’s interests that are situated offshore of Louisiana. MPC is engaged in the administration and collection of royalties. As of June 30, 2016, MPC held an overriding royalty interest equal to 0.75% of the value at the well of any oil, natural gas, or other minerals produced and sold from the leases. All aspects of MPC’s operations are conducted by third parties.

Permian Basin Royalty Trust Company Profile

Permian Basin Royalty Trust, an express trust, holds overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. The company owns a 75% net overriding royalty interest in the Waddell Ranch properties comprising Dune, Judkins, McKnight, Tubb, University-Waddell, and Waddell fields located in Crane County, Texas. As of December 31, 2017, its Waddell Ranch properties contained 348 net productive oil wells, 65 net productive gas wells, and 102 net injection wells. The company also holds a 95% net overriding royalty in the Texas Royalty properties, which include various producing oil fields, such as Yates, Wasson, Sand Hills, East Texas, Kelly-Snyder, Panhandle Regular, N. Cowden, Todd, Keystone, Kermit, McElroy, Howard-Glasscock, Seminole, and others located in 33 counties in Texas. Its Texas Royalty properties comprise approximately 125 separate royalty interests containing approximately 51,000 net producing acres. Permian Basin Royalty Trust was founded in 1980 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

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