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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Marathon Oil Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Oil Corporation $4.70 billion $1.96 billion -1.80
Marathon Oil Corporation Competitors $1.38 billion $595.00 million -1.28

Marathon Oil Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Marathon Oil 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.

Volatility and Risk

Marathon Oil Corporation has a beta of 2.3, meaning that its share price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Oil Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Oil Corporation -140.22% -2.86% -1.57%
Marathon Oil Corporation Competitors -432.23% -1.17% 1.91%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Marathon Oil Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Oil Corporation 1 14 8 0 2.30
Marathon Oil Corporation Competitors 1448 7498 12149 257 2.53

Marathon Oil Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $17.20, indicating a potential upside of 21.47%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 34.79%. Given Marathon Oil Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Marathon Oil Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.1% of Marathon Oil 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. 0.4% of Marathon Oil Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 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 stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Marathon Oil Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Marathon Oil Corporation pays out -2.5% 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.

Summary

Marathon Oil Corporation peers beat Marathon Oil Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation is an exploration and production (E&P) company. The Company operates through three segments: North America E&P, International E&P and Oil Sands Mining. The North America E&P segment explores for, produces and markets crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in North America. The International E&P segment explores for, produces and markets crude oil and condensate, NGLs and natural gas outside of North America, and produces and markets products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol, in Equatorial Guinea (E.G.). The Oil Sands Mining segment mines, extracts and transports bitumen from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada, and upgrades the bitumen to produce and market synthetic crude oil and vacuum gas oil.

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