Cimarex Energy (NYSE: XEC) is one of 240 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Cimarex Energy to related companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Cimarex Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Cimarex Energy pays out 12.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 368.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Cimarex Energy has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cimarex Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cimarex Energy and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cimarex Energy $1.62 billion $1.02 billion 40.10
Cimarex Energy Competitors $1.42 billion $608.95 million 20.58

Cimarex Energy has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Cimarex Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.3% of Cimarex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Cimarex Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cimarex Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cimarex Energy 15.64% 13.29% 6.67%
Cimarex Energy Competitors -442.01% 3.68% 0.73%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Cimarex Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cimarex Energy 1 8 14 0 2.57
Cimarex Energy Competitors 1571 7865 12159 268 2.51

Cimarex Energy presently has a consensus price target of $136.53, indicating a potential upside of 27.99%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 45.75%. Given Cimarex Energy’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cimarex Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Cimarex Energy beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Cimarex Energy Company Profile

Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates in exploration and production (E&P) segment. Its operations are located in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Its E&P activities take place primarily in two areas: the Permian Basin and the Mid-Continent region. Its Permian Basin region encompasses west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Its Mid-Continent region consists of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. As of fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 (fiscal 2016), its activities in the Mid-Continent were focused in the Woodford shale and the Meramec horizon, both in Oklahoma. During fiscal 2016, production from the Mid-Continent averaged 457 millions of cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day, or 47% of total company production. All of the Company’s oil and gas assets are located in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, 63% of its total proved reserves were located in the Mid-Continent region and 37% were in the Permian Basin.

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