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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for WPX Energy and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WPX Energy 1 3 14 0 2.72
WPX Energy Competitors 1416 7360 11933 253 2.53

WPX Energy currently has a consensus target price of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 36.68%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.85%. Given WPX Energy’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe WPX Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares WPX Energy and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WPX Energy $1.00 billion $569.00 million -13.66
WPX Energy Competitors $1.42 billion $613.49 million 20.54

WPX Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than WPX Energy. WPX Energy 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.

Risk and Volatility

WPX Energy has a beta of 2.41, indicating that its stock price is 141% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WPX Energy’s competitors have a beta of 1.42, indicating that their average stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.7% of WPX Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of WPX Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares WPX Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WPX Energy -18.38% -5.99% -2.88%
WPX Energy Competitors -437.27% 4.65% 1.55%

Summary

WPX Energy competitors beat WPX Energy on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About WPX Energy

WPX Energy, Inc. is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploitation and development of unconventional properties. It operates in the exploration and production segment of the oil and gas industry and its operations are conducted in the United States. It is focused on exploiting, developing and growing its oil positions in the Delaware (a subset of the Permian Basin) and San Juan Basins in the southwestern United States and the Williston Basin in North Dakota. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 642 wells in the Delaware Basin and also owned interests in 783 wells operated by others. As of December 31, 2016, it held approximately 98,000 acres in the Delaware Basin, with operations located in Eddy, Lea and Chaves Counties in New Mexico and Loving, Pecos, Reeves, Ward and Winkler Counties in Texas. Its activity in the Delaware Basin is focused on the Wolfcamp Shale formation, the Bone Spring interval and the Delaware sand interval.

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