Helmerich & Payne (NYSE: HP) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Drilling” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Helmerich & Payne to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Helmerich & Payne has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Helmerich & Payne’s competitors have a beta of 1.83, indicating that their average share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Helmerich & Payne shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Helmerich & Payne and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Helmerich & Payne $1.60 billion $373.98 million -30.05
Helmerich & Payne Competitors $1.42 billion $539.80 million -6.08

Helmerich & Payne has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Helmerich & Payne is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Helmerich & Payne pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Helmerich & Payne pays out -167.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.6% and pay out -116.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Helmerich & Payne has increased its dividend for 44 consecutive years. Helmerich & Payne is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Helmerich & Payne and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helmerich & Payne 7 11 4 0 1.86
Helmerich & Payne Competitors 510 1573 1276 59 2.26

Helmerich & Payne presently has a consensus price target of $56.37, indicating a potential upside of 12.31%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Drilling” companies have a potential upside of 45.18%. Given Helmerich & Payne’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Helmerich & Payne has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Helmerich & Payne and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helmerich & Payne -11.19% -3.37% -2.24%
Helmerich & Payne Competitors -15.95% -7.74% -2.32%

Helmerich & Payne Company Profile

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is engaged in contract drilling of oil and gas wells for others. The Company operates in the contract drilling industry. The Company’s contract drilling business consists of three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore and International Land. The Company is also engaged in the ownership, development and operation of commercial real estate and the research and development of rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments are located within Tulsa, Oklahoma, and include a shopping center containing approximately 441,000 leasable square feet, multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties containing approximately one million leasable square feet and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate. The Company provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel and camps on a contract basis. The Company’s subsidiaries include Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co. and Helmerich & Payne de Venezuela, C.A.

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