Penn Virginia (NASDAQ: PVAC) is one of 169 public companies in the “OIL-EXP&PROD” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Penn Virginia to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia $160.05 million $32.66 million 15.86
Penn Virginia Competitors $1.29 billion $88.03 million 5.75

Penn Virginia’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Penn Virginia. Penn Virginia is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Penn Virginia has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penn Virginia’s peers have a beta of 0.75, suggesting that their average stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Penn Virginia and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 1 3 0 2.75
Penn Virginia Competitors 1291 6095 9531 266 2.51

Penn Virginia presently has a consensus target price of $55.67, suggesting a potential upside of 61.03%. As a group, “OIL-EXP&PROD” companies have a potential upside of 30.39%. Given Penn Virginia’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Penn Virginia and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penn Virginia 20.56% 20.39% 10.04%
Penn Virginia Competitors -42.99% 191.60% 88.23%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.2% of Penn Virginia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.7% of shares of all “OIL-EXP&PROD” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.6% of shares of all “OIL-EXP&PROD” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Penn Virginia beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Penn Virginia Company Profile

Penn Virginia Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the onshore exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. The company primarily operates wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field in South Texas. It also has operations in the Granite Wash in Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2016, the company had total proved reserves of approximately 50 million barrels of oil equivalent; and 431 gross productive wells, as well as owned approximately 130,000 gross acres of leasehold and royalty interests. Penn Virginia Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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