Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE: BXE) is one of 223 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Bellatrix Exploration to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -21.02% -1.66% -0.98%
Bellatrix Exploration Competitors -281.05% 24.48% 5.76%

Risk & Volatility

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bellatrix Exploration’s rivals have a beta of 1.37, indicating that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.2% of Bellatrix Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.0% 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 company 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Bellatrix Exploration and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 0 5 1 0 2.17
Bellatrix Exploration Competitors 1458 7615 12304 259 2.53

Bellatrix Exploration presently has a consensus price target of $4.88, suggesting a potential upside of 199.08%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 41.90%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $172.08 million -$20.13 million -1.92
Bellatrix Exploration Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -20.78

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

Summary

Bellatrix Exploration rivals beat Bellatrix Exploration on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Bellatrix Exploration Company Profile

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is an oil and gas exploration company engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s properties include Ferrier, Willesden Green, Greater Pembina, Strachan and Harmattan. Ferrier is located over 30 kilometers northwest of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The Ferrier and Alder Flats areas produce natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Belly River, Cardium, Notikewin, Falher and Rock Creek zones at depths ranging from 1,800 to 2,700 meters. The Willesden Green area is located approximately 40 kilometers north of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Pembina is located over 20 kilometers west of Drayton Valley, Alberta. Strachan is located approximately 10 kilometers south of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Harmattan is located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Calgary near the town of Sundre, Alberta.

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