Enerplus Corporation (NYSE: ERF) is one of 246 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Enerplus Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Enerplus Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enerplus Corporation 0 0 6 0 3.00
Enerplus Corporation Competitors 1446 7495 12142 257 2.53

Enerplus Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $14.80, indicating a potential upside of 67.23%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.42%. Given Enerplus Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Enerplus Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Enerplus Corporation has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enerplus Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Enerplus Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Enerplus Corporation pays out 3.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 324.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.9% of Enerplus Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Enerplus Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enerplus Corporation 103.80% 7.91% 4.29%
Enerplus Corporation Competitors -432.18% -0.98% 1.93%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Enerplus Corporation $669.39 million $388.35 million 3.08
Enerplus Corporation Competitors $1.39 billion $598.80 million -1.15

Enerplus Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Enerplus Corporation. Enerplus Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Enerplus Corporation beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Enerplus Corporation

Enerplus Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests are located in the United States, primarily in North Dakota, Montana, and Pennsylvania, as well as in western Canada in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests contains proved plus probable gross reserves of approximately 14.3 million barrels (MMbbls) of light and medium crude oil, 39.0 MMbbls of heavy crude oil, 123 MMbbls of tight oil, 18.1 MMbbls of natural gas liquids (NGLs), 126.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of conventional natural gas and 1,002.8 Bcf of shale gas, for a total of approximately 382.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE). The Company’s primary crude oil properties in the United States are located in the Fort Berthold region of North Dakota and in Richland County, Montana.

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