Crimson Exploration (NASDAQ: CXPO) is one of 226 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Crimson Exploration to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crimson Exploration and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Crimson Exploration N/A N/A -1.44
Crimson Exploration Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -21.44

Crimson Exploration’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Crimson Exploration. Crimson Exploration 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.

Volatility and Risk

Crimson Exploration has a beta of 1.99, suggesting that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crimson Exploration’s rivals have a beta of 1.46, suggesting that their average share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Crimson Exploration and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crimson Exploration N/A N/A N/A
Crimson Exploration Competitors -456.34% 27.97% 6.77%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Crimson Exploration and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crimson Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crimson Exploration Competitors 1468 7673 12421 259 2.53

As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 35.55%. Given Crimson Exploration’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Crimson Exploration has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Crimson Exploration rivals beat Crimson Exploration on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

Crimson Exploration Company Profile

Crimson Exploration Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, exploration and development of natural gases and crude oil properties. The Company has operations in the onshore United States Gulf Coast, South Texas and Colorado regions. As of December 31, 2011, the Company was focused in the resource plays in South Texas (the Eagle Ford Shale oil play), Southeast Texas (the Woodbine/Georgetown oil play) and East Texas (the Haynesville, Mid-Bossier and James Lime plays). Additionally, the Company has producing properties in the DJ Basin, in Weld and Adams counties Colorado. As of December 31, 2011, 81% of the Company’s proved reserves were natural gas, 37% were proved developed and 87% were attributed to wells and properties operated by the Company. In October 2013, Contango Oil & Gas Company and Crimson Exploration Inc. jointly announced the completion of the merger.

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