Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE: BCEI) is one of 178 publicly-traded companies in the “Independent Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Bonanza Creek Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Bonanza Creek Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bonanza Creek Energy 0 3 0 0 2.00
Bonanza Creek Energy Competitors 312 2253 3378 172 2.56

Bonanza Creek Energy presently has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 28.06%. As a group, “Independent Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 24.18%. Given Bonanza Creek Energy’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bonanza Creek Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bonanza Creek Energy -53.37% -24.22% -4.05%
Bonanza Creek Energy Competitors -8,557.44% -75.09% -13.80%

Volatility & Risk

Bonanza Creek Energy has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bonanza Creek Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.09, meaning that their average stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bonanza Creek Energy and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Bonanza Creek Energy $195.29 million -$198.95 million -0.15
Bonanza Creek Energy Competitors $576.59 million $106.88 million -5.72

Bonanza Creek Energy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Bonanza Creek Energy. Bonanza Creek Energy 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.0% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.1% of shares of all “Independent Oil & Gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Bonanza Creek Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of shares of all “Independent Oil & Gas” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Bonanza Creek Energy peers beat Bonanza Creek Energy on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Bonanza Creek Energy Company Profile

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (Bonanza Creek) is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States. The Company’s oil and liquids-weighted assets are concentrated primarily in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Dorcheat Macedonia Field in southern Arkansas. In addition, the Company owns and operates oil-producing assets in the North Park Basin in Colorado and the McKamie Patton Field in southern Arkansas. The main areas in which the Company operates in the Rocky Mountain region are the Wattenberg Field in Weld County, Colorado and the North Park Basin in Jackson County, Colorado. Its Wattenberg Field operations are in the oil and liquids-weighted extension area of the Wattenberg Field targeting the Niobrara and Codell formations. In southern Arkansas, it targets the oil-rich Cotton Valley sands in the Dorcheat Macedonia and McKamie Patton Fields.

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