Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) is one of 245 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Apache Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.0% of Apache Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Apache Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Apache Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Apache Corporation pays out -4,997.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 403.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Apache Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Apache Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Apache Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apache Corporation -0.07% -1.03% -0.36%
Apache Corporation Competitors -444.16% 3.52% 1.38%

Risk and Volatility

Apache Corporation has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apache Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Apache Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apache Corporation 6 8 3 0 1.82
Apache Corporation Competitors 1577 7919 12258 270 2.51

Apache Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $50.47, suggesting a potential upside of 10.19%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 37.14%. Given Apache Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Apache Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Apache Corporation $5.63 billion $2.73 billion -2,288.86
Apache Corporation Competitors $1.42 billion $613.43 million 20.06

Apache Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Apache Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Apache Corporation peers beat Apache Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Apache Corporation Company Profile

Apache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The Company’s production segments include: the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom North Sea. It also pursues exploration interests in Suriname. In North America, the Company has three onshore regions: The Permian region, The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region. The Permian region located in West Texas and New Mexico includes the Permian sub-basins, the Midland Basin, Central Basin Platform/Northwest Shelf and Delaware Basin. The Midcontinent/Gulf Coast region includes the Granite Wash, Tonkawa, Canyon Lime, Marmaton, and Cleveland formations of the West Anadarko Basin, the Woodford-SCOOP and Stack plays located in Central Oklahoma, and the Eagle Ford shale in South East Texas.

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