EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) is one of 243 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare EP Energy Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.4% of EP Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of EP Energy Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

EP Energy Corporation has a beta of 4.77, meaning that its share price is 377% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EP Energy Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
EP Energy Corporation $961.00 million $611.00 million -3.41
EP Energy Corporation Competitors $1.42 billion $613.52 million 20.97

EP Energy Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than EP Energy Corporation. EP Energy 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EP Energy Corporation N/A 1.30% 0.16%
EP Energy Corporation Competitors -446.60% 2.30% 1.14%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EP Energy Corporation 6 5 0 0 1.45
EP Energy Corporation Competitors 1575 7902 12220 268 2.51

EP Energy Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $4.22, indicating a potential upside of 30.52%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 39.41%. Given EP Energy Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe EP Energy Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

EP Energy Corporation peers beat EP Energy Corporation on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About EP Energy Corporation

EP Energy Corporation (EP Energy) is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and development of unconventional onshore oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The Company operates through a base of producing assets. It is involved in the development of its drilling inventory located in three areas: the Eagle Ford Shale (South Texas), the Wolfcamp Shale (Permian Basin in West Texas) and the Altamont Field in the Uinta Basin (Northeastern Utah). As of December 31, 2016, in its operating areas, the Company had identified 5,156 drilling locations (including 639 drilling locations to which it has attributed proved undeveloped reserves). As of December 31, 2016, the Company had proved reserves of 432.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) and an average net daily production of 87,641 barrel of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d).

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