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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

23.4% of Continental Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 76.9% of Continental Resources 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Continental Resources and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Continental Resources $2.37 billion $1.75 billion -94.67
Continental Resources Competitors $1.42 billion $613.49 million 20.48

Continental Resources has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Continental Resources 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Continental Resources and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Continental Resources 1 5 14 0 2.65
Continental Resources Competitors 1417 7362 11935 253 2.53

Continental Resources presently has a consensus target price of $45.34, suggesting a potential upside of 19.73%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 35.80%. Given Continental Resources’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Continental Resources has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Continental Resources and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Continental Resources -5.99% -2.46% -0.76%
Continental Resources Competitors -437.82% 3.75% 1.41%

Risk & Volatility

Continental Resources has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Continental Resources’ competitors have a beta of 1.42, indicating that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Continental Resources

Continental Resources, Inc. is a crude oil and natural gas company with properties in the North, South and East regions of the United States. The North region consists of properties north of Kansas and west of the Mississippi River and includes North Dakota Bakken, Montana Bakken and the Red River units. The South region includes properties south of Nebraska and west of the Mississippi River including various plays in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP), Sooner Trend Anadarko Canadian Kingfisher (STACK), and Arkoma Woodford areas of Oklahoma. The East region is consists of undeveloped leasehold acreage east of the Mississippi River with no drilling or production operations. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved reserves were 1,275 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), with estimated proved developed reserves of 519 MMBoe. As of December 31, 2016, its average daily production from South region properties was 91,088 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe) per day.

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