Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) is one of 247 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Energen Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Energen Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Energen Corporation $686.19 million $493.74 million 80.19
Energen Corporation Competitors $1.39 billion $598.77 million 21.34

Energen Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Energen Corporation. Energen Corporation 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energen Corporation 7.75% -1.74% -1.19%
Energen Corporation Competitors -430.36% -1.01% 2.01%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Energen Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Energen Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energen Corporation 0 10 16 0 2.62
Energen Corporation Competitors 1442 7482 12118 257 2.53

Energen Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $66.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.64%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 38.98%. Given Energen Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Energen Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

Energen Corporation has a beta of 1.95, suggesting that its share price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energen Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.42, suggesting that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Energen Corporation peers beat Energen Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Energen Corporation Company Profile

Energen Corporation is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and natural gas. Its operations are conducted through subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation and occur within the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin and the Central Basin Platform areas of the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing its oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production and proved reserves through active development and/or exploratory programs in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas represented approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of its reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its development activities added approximately 327 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) of reserves from the drilling of 623 gross development, exploratory and service wells and 73 well recompletions and pay-adds.

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