Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) is one of 247 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Kosmos Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kosmos Energy and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Kosmos Energy $442.54 million $42.91 million -19.08
Kosmos Energy Competitors $1.39 billion $598.77 million 21.10

Kosmos Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Kosmos Energy. Kosmos Energy 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Kosmos Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Kosmos Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kosmos Energy -26.69% -8.60% -2.89%
Kosmos Energy Competitors -434.48% -0.86% 2.02%

Volatility and Risk

Kosmos Energy has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kosmos Energy’s competitors have a beta of 1.42, indicating that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Kosmos Energy and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kosmos Energy 0 5 6 0 2.55
Kosmos Energy Competitors 1442 7478 12111 257 2.53

Kosmos Energy currently has a consensus price target of $8.44, indicating a potential upside of 13.50%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 39.10%. Given Kosmos Energy’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kosmos Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Kosmos Energy competitors beat Kosmos Energy on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Kosmos Energy Company Profile

Kosmos Energy Ltd. (Kosmos) is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Its assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, discoveries and further exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. The Company has operations in Africa and South America. The West Cape Three Points (WCTP) Block and Deepwater Tano (DT) Block are located within the Tano Basin, offshore Ghana. The Tano Basin represents the eastern extension of the Deep Ivorian Basin, which resulted from the development of an extensional sedimentary basin caused by tensional forces associated with opening of the Atlantic Ocean, as South America separated from Africa in the Mid-Cretaceous period.

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