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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.0% of VOC Energy Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.9% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by company 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.

Dividends

VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.4%. VOC Energy Trust pays out 91.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. 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. VOC Energy Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VOC Energy Trust 90.57% 9.65% 9.65%
VOC Energy Trust Competitors -6.48% 2.15% 1.06%

Volatility & Risk

VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VOC Energy Trust’s peers have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
VOC Energy Trust $8.25 million N/A 7.40
VOC Energy Trust Competitors $52.35 billion $11.11 billion 1.60

VOC Energy Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than VOC Energy Trust. VOC Energy Trust 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for VOC Energy Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
VOC Energy Trust Competitors 215 650 769 31 2.37

As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 38.00%. Given VOC Energy Trust’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe VOC Energy Trust has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

VOC Energy Trust beats its peers on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

VOC Energy Trust Company Profile

VOC Energy Trust is a statutory trust formed by VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P. (VOC Brazos). The business and affairs of the Company are managed by The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee. The Company was created to acquire and hold the net profits interest for the benefit of its unitholders. VOC Brazos’ properties include interests in approximately 820 gross producing wells covering over 91,490 gross acres. VOC Brazos’ properties are developed properties located in oil and natural gas producing regions of Kansas and Texas. VOC Brazos’ fields in the Central Kansas Uplift include Fairport Field, Chase-Silica Field and Marcotte Field. VOC Brazos’ fields in Western Kansas include the Bindley, Moore-Johnson and Wesley fields. VOC Brazos’ fields in South Central Kansas include the Gerberding, Spivey Grabs and Alford fields. VOC Brazos’ proved reserved in Texas are located in the Central Texas and East Texas areas.

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