VOC Energy Trust (NYSE:VOC) and Petroquest Energy (OTCMKTS:PQUEQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for VOC Energy Trust and Petroquest Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petroquest Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Petroquest Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VOC Energy Trust 93.68% 17.87% 17.87%
Petroquest Energy 328.30% -145.02% 169.26%

Dividends

VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.1%. Petroquest Energy does not pay a dividend. VOC Energy Trust has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Petroquest Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VOC Energy Trust $12.94 million N/A $12.07 million N/A N/A
Petroquest Energy $87.10 million 0.00 -$9.55 million ($0.54) N/A

VOC Energy Trust has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Petroquest Energy.

Volatility & Risk

VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 1.86, indicating that its share price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroquest Energy has a beta of 3.78, indicating that its share price is 278% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About VOC Energy Trust

VOC Energy Trust acquires and holds a term net profits interest of the net proceeds from production and sale of the interests in oil and natural gas properties in the states of Kansas and Texas. The company has a 80% term net profits interest of the net proceeds on the underlying properties. As of December 31, 2017, its underlying properties had interests in 492.5 net producing wells and 55,736.9 net acres; and had proved reserves of approximately 3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) attributable to the portion of the Kansas underlying properties, and approximately 4.6 MMBoe attributable to the Texas underlying properties. VOC Energy Trust was founded in 2010 and is based in Houston, Texas.

About Petroquest Energy

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas and Louisiana. The company acquires, explores for, develops, and operates oil and gas properties. As of December 31, 2017, it had estimated proved reserves of 1.8 million barrels of oil; 19.4 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas liquids; and 125.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas. PetroQuest Energy, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. On November 6, 2018, PetroQuest Energy, Inc. along with its affiliates filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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