PDC Energy (NASDAQ: PDCE) is one of 248 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare PDC Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

PDC Energy has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PDC Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.31, suggesting that their average stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for PDC Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDC Energy 0 9 14 0 2.61
PDC Energy Competitors 1557 8075 12918 284 2.52

PDC Energy currently has a consensus target price of $68.81, suggesting a potential upside of 37.62%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 32.45%. Given PDC Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe PDC Energy is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares PDC Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PDC Energy -29.31% 0.94% 0.54%
PDC Energy Competitors -441.62% -2.95% 3.16%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of PDC Energy 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, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
PDC Energy $382.92 million -$245.92 million -12.32
PDC Energy Competitors $1.90 billion -$445.52 million 22.68

PDC Energy’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than PDC Energy. PDC Energy 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

PDC Energy beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

PDC Energy Company Profile

PDC Energy, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company produces, develops, acquires and explores for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) with operations in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Utica Shale in southeastern Ohio. The Company operates through two segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, and Gas Marketing. The Company’s Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment includes all of its crude oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s Gas Marketing segment purchases, aggregates and resells natural gas. The Company’s operations in the Wattenberg Field are focused on the horizontal Niobrara and Codell plays. Its Delaware Basin operations are focused in the Wolfcamp zones and its Ohio operations are focused in the Utica Shale play. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned an interest in approximately 2,900 productive gross wells.

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