Ultra Petroleum (UPL) versus Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) Financial Survey

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Ultra Petroleum (OTCMKTS: TPLM) and Triangle Petroleum (OTCMKTS:TPLM) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.


This table compares Ultra Petroleum and Triangle Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ultra Petroleum -23.49% -21.81% 15.23%
Triangle Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ultra Petroleum and Triangle Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ultra Petroleum 1 2 0 0 1.67
Triangle Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ultra Petroleum presently has a consensus target price of $1.00, suggesting a potential downside of 21.88%. Given Ultra Petroleum’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Ultra Petroleum is more favorable than Triangle Petroleum.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ultra Petroleum and Triangle Petroleum’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ultra Petroleum $891.87 million 0.28 $177.14 million $2.03 0.63
Triangle Petroleum $358.13 million 0.00 -$822.34 million N/A N/A

Ultra Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than Triangle Petroleum.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.6% of Ultra Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.0% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Triangle Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. 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.

Volatility and Risk

Ultra Petroleum has a beta of 0.64, suggesting that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Triangle Petroleum has a beta of 2.13, suggesting that its stock price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Ultra Petroleum beats Triangle Petroleum on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ultra Petroleum

Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, operation, and production of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal business activities are developing its natural gas reserves in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming?the Pinedale and Jonah fields; and its oil reserves in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned interests in approximately 112,000 gross acres in Wyoming. It also owns approximately 8,000 net acres in the Uinta Basin in Utah. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Triangle Petroleum

Triangle Petroleum Corporation, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. It operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Oilfield Services. As of January 31, 2016, the company had leasehold interests in approximately 103,540 net acres in the Bakken Shale and Three Forks formations in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. It also offers oilfield services, including hydraulic pressure pumping, wireline, perforating, pump rental, workover, and other complementary services, as well as midstream services. The company was formerly known as Peloton Resources Inc. and changed its name to Triangle Petroleum Corporation in May 2005. Triangle Petroleum Corporation was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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