Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) is one of 245 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Chesapeake Energy Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chesapeake Energy Corporation -9.52% -16.10% 3.99%
Chesapeake Energy Corporation Competitors -437.27% 4.65% 1.55%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Chesapeake Energy Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Chesapeake Energy Corporation $9.25 billion $1.50 billion -2.33
Chesapeake Energy Corporation Competitors $1.42 billion $613.49 million 20.54

Chesapeake Energy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Chesapeake Energy 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Chesapeake Energy Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chesapeake Energy Corporation 3 17 5 0 2.08
Chesapeake Energy Corporation Competitors 1416 7360 11931 253 2.53

Chesapeake Energy Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $6.20, suggesting a potential upside of 45.10%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.84%. Given Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Chesapeake Energy Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.6% of Chesapeake Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chesapeake Energy Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Chesapeake Energy Corporation has a beta of 2.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.42, indicating that their average stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Chesapeake Energy Corporation beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation produces natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) in the United States. It operates in two segments: Exploration and Production, and Marketing, Gathering and Compression. Exploration and production is engaged in finding and producing oil, natural gas and NGL. Marketing, gathering and compression is engaged in marketing, gathering and compression of oil, natural gas and NGL. As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in approximately 22,700 oil and natural gas wells. It has a diverse resource base of onshore the United States unconventional natural gas and liquids assets. It has positions in resource plays of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Utica Shale in Ohio, the Anadarko Basin in northwestern Oklahoma and the stacked pay in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Its natural gas resource plays are the Haynesville/Bossier Shales in northwestern Louisiana and East Texas and the Marcellus Shale in the northern Appalachian Basin in Pennsylvania.

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