Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Hess Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Hess Corporation has a beta of 1.77, suggesting that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hess Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.7% of Hess Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.8% of Hess Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Hess Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hess Corporation -118.07% -8.49% -4.77%
Hess Corporation Competitors -1.52% 1.12% 1.03%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hess Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Hess Corporation $4.94 billion $1.45 billion -2.33
Hess Corporation Competitors $45.68 billion $4.44 billion 22.72

Hess Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Hess Corporation. Hess Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Hess Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Hess Corporation pays out -5.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.1% and pay out 864.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Hess Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hess Corporation 1 9 6 0 2.31
Hess Corporation Competitors 368 1729 2146 110 2.46

Hess Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $51.85, suggesting a potential upside of 15.14%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 10.40%. Given Hess Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hess Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Hess Corporation peers beat Hess Corporation on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About Hess Corporation

Hess Corporation is an exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. Its Exploration and Production segment explores for, develops, produces, purchases and sells crude oil, NGLs and natural gas with production operations primarily in the United States, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA), Malaysia and Norway. The Bakken Midstream segment provides fee-based services, including crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of NGLs, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminaling and loading crude oil and NGLs, and the storage and terminaling of propane, primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota.

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