Eclipse Resources Corporation (NYSE: ECR) is one of 246 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Eclipse Resources Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Eclipse Resources Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eclipse Resources Corporation 1 4 5 0 2.40
Eclipse Resources Corporation Competitors 1445 7493 12137 257 2.53

Eclipse Resources Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $2.96, indicating a potential upside of 31.02%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.69%. Given Eclipse Resources Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Eclipse Resources Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eclipse Resources Corporation -15.86% -5.22% -2.53%
Eclipse Resources Corporation Competitors -432.59% -1.56% 1.73%

Risk & Volatility

Eclipse Resources Corporation has a beta of 3.06, suggesting that its share price is 206% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eclipse Resources Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.42, suggesting that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Eclipse Resources Corporation $326.42 million $138.82 million -11.89
Eclipse Resources Corporation Competitors $1.39 billion $598.77 million -1.01

Eclipse Resources Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Eclipse Resources Corporation. Eclipse Resources Corporation 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.7% of Eclipse Resources Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Eclipse Resources Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Eclipse Resources Corporation peers beat Eclipse Resources Corporation on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About Eclipse Resources Corporation

Eclipse Resources Corporation is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company is the operator of the Utica Core Area and its Marcellus Project Area. The Ordovician-aged Utica Shale is an unconventional reservoir consisting of organic-rich black shale, with production occurring at vertical depths between 6,000 and 10,000 feet. The Marcellus Shale consists of organic-rich black shale, with production occurring at vertical depths between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had commenced drilling 202 gross wells within the Utica Core Area and three gross wells within its Marcellus Area. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 92,000 net acres in the Utica Shale in Eastern Ohio within the Utica Core Area. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had assembled an acreage position approximating 199,000 net acres in Eastern Ohio.

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