QEP Resources (NYSE: QEP) is one of 23 public companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare QEP Resources to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.6% of QEP Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.2% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of QEP Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” 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.

Volatility & Risk

QEP Resources has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QEP Resources’ peers have a beta of 1.44, indicating that their average stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares QEP Resources and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QEP Resources -0.90% -3.48% -1.72%
QEP Resources Competitors -8.34% 2.33% 0.98%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares QEP Resources and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
QEP Resources $1.38 billion -$1.25 billion -161.83
QEP Resources Competitors $78.29 billion $113.43 million -180.13

QEP Resources’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than QEP Resources. QEP Resources 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for QEP Resources and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QEP Resources 0 7 8 1 2.63
QEP Resources Competitors 216 665 779 31 2.37

QEP Resources currently has a consensus target price of $14.43, suggesting a potential upside of 48.59%. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 22.06%. Given QEP Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe QEP Resources is more favorable than its peers.


QEP Resources beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

QEP Resources Company Profile

QEP Resources, Inc. is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on two regions of the United States: the Northern Region (primarily in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah) and the Southern Region (primarily in Texas and Louisiana). The Company conducts exploration and production activities in North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays. The Company has an inventory of developed and undeveloped drilling locations in the Permian Basin in western Texas, the Williston Basin in North Dakota, Haynesville/Cotton Valley in northwestern Louisiana, the Uinta Basin in eastern Utah and other properties in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. It sells gas volumes to wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies and utilities. It sells oil and natural gas liquid (NGL) volumes to refiners, marketers and other companies.

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