Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) is one of 246 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Occidental Petroleum Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Occidental Petroleum Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Occidental Petroleum Corporation 2 9 6 0 2.24
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Competitors 1433 7418 12022 255 2.53

Occidental Petroleum Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $66.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.33%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.76%. Given Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Occidental Petroleum Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.42, meaning that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.6% of Occidental Petroleum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Occidental Petroleum Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Occidental Petroleum Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Occidental Petroleum Corporation pays out 2,369.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 401.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Occidental Petroleum Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Occidental Petroleum Corporation $11.45 billion $3.67 billion 496.15
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Competitors $1.40 billion $602.68 million 21.62

Occidental Petroleum Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Occidental Petroleum Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Occidental Petroleum Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Occidental Petroleum Corporation 0.91% 0.13% 0.06%
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Competitors -437.45% -2.62% 0.95%

Summary

Occidental Petroleum Corporation competitors beat Occidental Petroleum Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates through three segments: oil and gas, chemical (OxyChem), and midstream and marketing. The oil and gas segment explores for, develops and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. The OxyChem segment manufactures and markets basic chemicals and vinyls. The midstream and marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases and markets oil, condensate, NGLs, natural gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) and power. The Company also trades around its assets, including transportation and storage capacity. Additionally, the midstream and marketing segment invests in entities that conduct similar activities. Occidental’s domestic upstream oil and gas operations are located in New Mexico and Texas. Its international operations are located in Bolivia, Colombia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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