Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) is one of 240 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Apache Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.1% of Apache Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Apache Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Apache Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apache Corporation -0.07% -1.03% -0.36%
Apache Corporation Competitors -441.25% 3.67% 0.72%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Apache Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apache Corporation 6 10 3 0 1.84
Apache Corporation Competitors 1572 7868 12168 268 2.51

Apache Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $52.35, suggesting a potential upside of 23.13%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 44.77%. Given Apache Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Apache Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Apache Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Apache Corporation pays out -4,997.5% 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. Apache Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Apache Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

Apache Corporation has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apache Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, indicating that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Apache Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Apache Corporation $5.63 billion $2.73 billion -2,124.94
Apache Corporation Competitors $1.39 billion $598.28 million 21.12

Apache Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Apache Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Apache Corporation rivals beat Apache Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Apache Corporation Company Profile

Apache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The Company’s production segments include: the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom North Sea. It also pursues exploration interests in Suriname. In North America, the Company has three onshore regions: The Permian region, The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region. The Permian region located in West Texas and New Mexico includes the Permian sub-basins, the Midland Basin, Central Basin Platform/Northwest Shelf and Delaware Basin. The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region includes the Granite Wash, Tonkawa, Canyon Lime, Marmaton, and Cleveland formations of the West Anadarko Basin, the Woodford-SCOOP and Stack plays located in Central Oklahoma, and the Eagle Ford shale in South East Texas.

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