Zion Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:ZN) & TransAtlantic Petroleum (NASDAQ:TAT) Head-To-Head Survey

Zion Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:ZN) and TransAtlantic Petroleum (NYSE:TAT) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Zion Oil & Gas and TransAtlantic Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zion Oil & Gas N/A -40.66% -30.54%
TransAtlantic Petroleum -72.10% -479.20% -16.59%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.0% of Zion Oil & Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.5% of TransAtlantic Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of Zion Oil & Gas shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 57.0% of TransAtlantic Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Zion Oil & Gas and TransAtlantic Petroleum’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zion Oil & Gas N/A N/A -$6.69 million N/A N/A
TransAtlantic Petroleum $67.38 million 0.22 -$5.37 million N/A N/A

TransAtlantic Petroleum has higher revenue and earnings than Zion Oil & Gas.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Zion Oil & Gas and TransAtlantic Petroleum, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zion Oil & Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
TransAtlantic Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Zion Oil & Gas has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransAtlantic Petroleum has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

TransAtlantic Petroleum beats Zion Oil & Gas on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Zion Oil & Gas Company Profile

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. engages in exploration of oil and natural gas properties. It holds one petroleum exploration license onshore Israel, the Megiddo-Jezreel license. The company was founded by John M. Brown in 2000 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

TransAtlantic Petroleum Company Profile

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd., an oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in Turkey and Bulgaria. As of December 31, 2019, it had interests in 4 onshore exploration licenses and 20 onshore production leases covering an area of 436,388 net acres with a total net proved reserves of 10,259 thousand barrels of oil and 2,466 million cubic feet of natural gas located in Turkey, as well as a production concession covering an area of approximately 162,800 net undeveloped acres located in Bulgaria. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Addison, Texas.

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