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

Volatility & Risk

QEP Resources has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QEP Resources’ peers have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for QEP Resources and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QEP Resources 0 5 9 1 2.73
QEP Resources Competitors 215 650 770 31 2.37

QEP Resources currently has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 92.55%. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 36.32%. Given QEP Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe QEP Resources is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.1% of QEP Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.9% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of QEP Resources shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares QEP Resources and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QEP Resources -3.90% -4.24% -2.10%
QEP Resources Competitors -6.48% 2.15% 1.06%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares QEP Resources and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
QEP Resources $1.59 billion $822.60 million -29.96
QEP Resources Competitors $52.35 billion $11.11 billion 1.60

QEP Resources’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than QEP Resources. QEP Resources 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.

Summary

QEP Resources beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About QEP Resources

QEP Resources, Inc. is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on two regions of the United States: the Northern Region (primarily in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah) and the Southern Region (primarily in Texas and Louisiana). The Company conducts exploration and production activities in North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays. The Company has an inventory of developed and undeveloped drilling locations in the Permian Basin in western Texas, the Williston Basin in North Dakota, Haynesville/Cotton Valley in northwestern Louisiana, the Uinta Basin in eastern Utah and other properties in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. It sells gas volumes to wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies and utilities. It sells oil and natural gas liquid (NGL) volumes to refiners, marketers and other companies.

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