Earthstone Energy (NYSE: ESTE) is one of 224 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Earthstone Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Earthstone Energy has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Earthstone Energy’s rivals have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.4% of Earthstone Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 64.5% of Earthstone Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Earthstone Energy and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Earthstone Energy 0 0 10 0 3.00
Earthstone Energy Competitors 1443 7553 12238 251 2.53

Earthstone Energy presently has a consensus target price of $15.20, indicating a potential upside of 60.85%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.16%. Given Earthstone Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Earthstone Energy is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Earthstone Energy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Earthstone Energy -54.69% 4.01% 3.25%
Earthstone Energy Competitors -457.27% 25.05% 6.46%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Earthstone Energy $42.27 million -$54.54 million -4.44
Earthstone Energy Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -16.99

Earthstone Energy’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Earthstone Energy. Earthstone Energy 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

Earthstone Energy beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Earthstone Energy

Earthstone Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company. The Company is also engaged in corporate mergers and the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties that have production and future development opportunities. Its operations are all in the upstream segment of the oil and natural gas industry and all its properties are onshore in the United States. The Company’s reserve portfolio primarily consists of assets in the Midland Basin of west Texas, the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas and in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres in the Midland Basin, located in Howard, Glasscock, Martin and Midland Counties. As of December 31, 2016, it also has approximately 21,000 net leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas. In the Williston Basin of North Dakota, it had approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres, as of December 31, 2016.

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