Memorial Production Partners (NASDAQ: MEMP) is one of 241 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Memorial Production Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Memorial Production Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 46.2%. Memorial Production Partners pays out -0.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 296.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Memorial Production Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Memorial Production Partners and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Memorial Production Partners N/A N/A -0.02
Memorial Production Partners Competitors $1.87 billion -$438.84 million -47.69

Memorial Production Partners’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Memorial Production Partners. Memorial Production Partners is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Memorial Production Partners and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Memorial Production Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Memorial Production Partners Competitors 1450 7543 12139 253 2.52

As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 33.57%. Given Memorial Production Partners’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Memorial Production Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Memorial Production Partners and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Memorial Production Partners -395.31% -496.55% -58.07%
Memorial Production Partners Competitors -430.33% 12.32% 4.94%

Summary

Memorial Production Partners rivals beat Memorial Production Partners on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Memorial Production Partners

Memorial Production Partners LP (the Partnership) owns, acquires and exploits oil and natural gas properties in North America. The Partnership is owned by its limited partners and general partner. Its general partner is responsible for managing all of the Partnership’s operations and activities. The Partnership operates in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties segment. Its business activities are conducted through Memorial Production Operating LLC (OLLC) and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Its assets consist primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties, and are located in East Texas/Louisiana, Rockies, Offshore Southern California, Permian Basin and South Texas. Most of its oil and natural gas properties are located in oil and natural gas reservoirs with geologic characteristics and production profiles and capital requirements.

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