Cenovus Energy (NYSE: CVE) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Cenovus Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cenovus Energy and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cenovus Energy $12.32 billion $1.83 billion 5.51
Cenovus Energy Competitors $52.35 billion $11.11 billion 1.57

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

Dividends

Cenovus Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Cenovus Energy pays out 8.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 257.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.2% of Cenovus Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.3% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Cenovus Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cenovus Energy 2 3 8 0 2.46
Cenovus Energy Competitors 215 650 769 31 2.37

Cenovus Energy currently has a consensus price target of $16.79, suggesting a potential upside of 69.38%. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 36.79%. Given Cenovus Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cenovus Energy is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Cenovus Energy has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cenovus Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cenovus Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cenovus Energy 17.89% 3.20% 1.46%
Cenovus Energy Competitors -6.48% 2.15% 1.06%

Summary

Cenovus Energy beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Cenovus Energy

Cenovus Energy Inc is a Canada-based integrated oil company. It operates in the business of developing, producing and marketing crude oil, Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in Canada. The Company also conducts marketing activities and owns refining interests in the United States (U.S.). Its segments include: Oil Sands, which includes the development and production of bitumen and natural gas in northeast Alberta; Conventional, which includes the development and production of conventional crude oil, NGLs and natural gas in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including the heavy oil assets at Pelican Lake, the carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Weyburn and emerging tight oil opportunities; Refining and Marketing, which includes transporting and selling crude oil and natural gas and joint ownership of refineries in the U.S., as well as Corporate and Eliminations.

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