Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT) is one of 235 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Unit Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Unit Corporation has a beta of 2.85, meaning that its share price is 185% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unit Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.7% of Unit Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Unit 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unit Corporation 4.28% 2.33% 1.14%
Unit Corporation Competitors -449.92% 12.12% 4.96%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Unit Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unit Corporation 0 3 2 0 2.40
Unit Corporation Competitors 1454 7599 12207 259 2.52

Unit Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $24.60, suggesting a potential upside of 14.58%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 35.40%. Given Unit Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Unit Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Unit Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Unit Corporation $602.18 million -$135.62 million 37.02
Unit Corporation Competitors $1.87 billion -$438.84 million -49.65

Unit Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Unit Corporation. Unit 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

Unit Corporation rivals beat Unit Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Unit Corporation

Unit Corporation is an oil and natural gas contract drilling company. The Company has operations in the exploration and production and mid-stream areas. The Company operates through three segments: Oil and Natural Gas, Contract Drilling and Mid-Stream. It is primarily engaged in the exploration, development, acquisition, and production of oil and natural gas properties, the land contract drilling of natural gas and oil wells, and the buying, selling, gathering, processing and treating of natural gas. Its Oil and Natural Gas operations are carried out by its subsidiary Unit Petroleum Company. Contract Drilling operations are carried out by its subsidiary Unit Drilling Company. Its drills onshore oil and natural gas wells for its own account, as well as for other oil and natural gas companies. Its Mid-Stream operations are carried out by its subsidiary Superior Pipeline Company, L.L.C. Its mid-stream operations consist of buying, selling, gathering, processing and treating natural gas.

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