TransAtlantic Petroleum (NYSE: TAT) and Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TransAtlantic Petroleum and Abraxas Petroleum Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TransAtlantic Petroleum $69.46 million 0.76 $34.65 million N/A N/A
Abraxas Petroleum Corporation $59.89 million 4.96 $19.32 million ($0.37) -4.95

TransAtlantic Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than Abraxas Petroleum Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for TransAtlantic Petroleum and Abraxas Petroleum Corporation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TransAtlantic Petroleum 0 1 0 0 2.00
Abraxas Petroleum Corporation 0 0 6 0 3.00

TransAtlantic Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $1.20, suggesting a potential upside of 7.14%. Abraxas Petroleum Corporation has a consensus target price of $2.82, suggesting a potential upside of 54.10%. Given Abraxas Petroleum Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Abraxas Petroleum Corporation is more favorable than TransAtlantic Petroleum.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

43.5% of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares TransAtlantic Petroleum and Abraxas Petroleum Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TransAtlantic Petroleum -97.65% -157.12% -34.93%
Abraxas Petroleum Corporation -63.54% -8.05% -2.06%


Abraxas Petroleum Corporation beats TransAtlantic Petroleum on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TransAtlantic Petroleum

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is an international oil and natural gas company engaged in acquisition, exploration, development and production. Its segments include Turkey and Bulgaria. The Company holds interests in approximately 880,000 and 567,000 net acres of developed and undeveloped oil and natural gas properties in Turkey and Bulgaria, respectively. The Company holds interests in over 20 onshore and offshore exploration licenses and approximately 25 onshore production leases covering a total of over 1.4 million gross acres in Turkey. All of its oil production is concentrated in southeastern Turkey, primarily in the Arpatepe, Bahar, Goksu and Selmo oil fields, and its natural gas production is concentrated in the Thrace Basin, which is located in northwestern Turkey near Istanbul. The Company holds interests in an onshore exploration license and an onshore production concession covering a total of approximately 567,110 acres in Bulgaria.

About Abraxas Petroleum Corporation

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and gas. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s estimated net proved reserves were 44.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), of which 33.6% were classified as proved developed, 74% were oil and natural gas liquids (NGL), and 95% of which (on a PV-10 basis) were operated by the Company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s daily net production was 6,181 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boepd), of which 61% was oil or liquids. The Company’s oil and gas assets are located in three operating regions: the Rocky Mountain, Permian Basin and onshore Gulf Coast. The Company’s properties in the Rocky Mountain region are located in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana, and in the Green River Powder River and Unita Basins of Wyoming and Utah.

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