Callon Petroleum (NYSE: CPE) is one of 247 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Callon Petroleum to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Callon Petroleum and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Callon Petroleum 30.20% 4.05% 2.96%
Callon Petroleum Competitors -444.69% -3.07% 3.14%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Callon Petroleum and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Callon Petroleum $200.85 million -$91.81 million 26.64
Callon Petroleum Competitors $1.91 billion -$449.46 million 22.32

Callon Petroleum’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Callon Petroleum. Callon Petroleum is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Callon Petroleum and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Callon Petroleum 0 3 21 0 2.88
Callon Petroleum Competitors 1520 7919 12603 271 2.52

Callon Petroleum currently has a consensus price target of $17.57, indicating a potential upside of 49.87%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 32.46%. Given Callon Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Callon Petroleum is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

61.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Callon Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Callon Petroleum has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Callon Petroleum’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Callon Petroleum beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Callon Petroleum

Callon Petroleum Company is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development, acquisition and production of oil and natural gas properties. The Company focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin is located in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico and consisted of three primary sub-basins: the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin, and the Central Basin Platform as of December 31, 2016. The Company’s drilling activity focuses on the horizontal development of various prospective intervals in the Midland Basin, including multiple levels of the Wolfcamp formation and the Lower Spraberry shale. It owns additional immaterial properties in Louisiana. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had owned leaseholds in 39,570 net acres in the Permian Basin, all of which was located in the Midland Basin.

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