Kosmos Energy (KOS) vs. Trans Energy (TENG) Head-To-Head Survey

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Kosmos Energy (NYSE:KOS) and Trans Energy (OTCMKTS:TENG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Kosmos Energy has a beta of 1.97, meaning that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trans Energy has a beta of 0.08, meaning that its share price is 92% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Kosmos Energy and Trans Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kosmos Energy -51.49% -21.93% -5.57%
Trans Energy N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.9% of Kosmos Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Kosmos Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 39.9% of Trans Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Kosmos Energy and Trans Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kosmos Energy 0 2 10 0 2.83
Trans Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kosmos Energy presently has a consensus price target of $9.80, suggesting a potential upside of 87.79%. Given Kosmos Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Kosmos Energy is more favorable than Trans Energy.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kosmos Energy and Trans Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kosmos Energy $636.84 million 3.55 -$222.79 million ($0.33) -15.82
Trans Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Trans Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Kosmos Energy.


Kosmos Energy beats Trans Energy on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kosmos Energy Company Profile

Kosmos Energy Ltd. explores for and produces oil and gas in Africa and South America. Its asset portfolio includes production and other development projects in offshore Ghana and Equatorial Guinea; and exploration potential in offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses in offshore Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe, and Suriname. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Trans Energy Company Profile

Trans Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas, and in the marketing and transportation of natural gas. Its segments include Exploration and Production, Pipeline Transmission and Corporate. As of December 31, 2015, the Company owns working interests in 38 wells that have been completed in the Marcellus Shale formation, including 32 horizontal proved developed producing wells, two horizontal proved developed nonproducing wells, and four vertical proved developed nonproducing wells. Its properties consist of working and royalty interests owned by it in various oil and gas wells and leases located in West Virginia. The Company’s principal operations consist of exploration and production through American Shale Development, Inc. and Prima Oil Company, Inc., and pipeline transmission with Ritchie County Gathering Systems, Inc. and Tyler Construction Company, Inc.

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