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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for ConocoPhillips and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ConocoPhillips 1 7 13 1 2.64
ConocoPhillips Competitors 1441 7459 12082 256 2.53

ConocoPhillips currently has a consensus target price of $53.88, suggesting a potential upside of 8.38%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 38.25%. Given ConocoPhillips’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ConocoPhillips has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

ConocoPhillips pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. ConocoPhillips pays out -35.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 384.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. ConocoPhillips is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.9% of ConocoPhillips shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of ConocoPhillips shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ConocoPhillips and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
ConocoPhillips $28.02 billion $7.50 billion -16.41
ConocoPhillips Competitors $1.42 billion $613.46 million 20.30

ConocoPhillips has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. ConocoPhillips 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.

Risk & Volatility

ConocoPhillips has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ConocoPhillips’ rivals have a beta of 1.42, meaning that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ConocoPhillips and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ConocoPhillips -12.29% -2.86% -1.13%
ConocoPhillips Competitors -427.79% -1.28% 1.80%

Summary

ConocoPhillips beats its rivals on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

ConocoPhillips Company Profile

ConocoPhillips is an independent exploration and production company. The Company explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas liquids. The Company operates through five segments: Alaska, Lower 48, Canada, Europe and North Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Other International. The Alaska segment explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas liquids, natural gas and LNG. The Lower 48 segment consists of operations located in the United States Lower 48 states and the Gulf of Mexico. Its Canadian operations consists of oil sands developments in the Athabasca Region of northeastern Alberta. The Europe and North Africa segment consists of operations and exploration activities in Norway, the United Kingdom and Libya. The Asia Pacific and Middle East segment has exploration and production operations in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.

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