Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) is one of 226 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Kosmos Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kosmos Energy and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Kosmos Energy $385.36 million -$283.78 million -20.02
Kosmos Energy Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -34.04

Kosmos Energy’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Kosmos Energy. Kosmos Energy 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 summary of current ratings and price targets for Kosmos Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kosmos Energy 0 4 8 0 2.67
Kosmos Energy Competitors 1462 7603 12264 259 2.52

Kosmos Energy currently has a consensus price target of $9.60, suggesting a potential upside of 19.85%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 37.66%. Given Kosmos Energy’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kosmos Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Kosmos Energy has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kosmos Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.38, suggesting that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Kosmos Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kosmos Energy -23.83% -8.88% -2.98%
Kosmos Energy Competitors -451.82% 21.15% 6.46%

Summary

Kosmos Energy peers beat Kosmos Energy on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Kosmos Energy

Kosmos Energy Ltd. (Kosmos) is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Its assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, discoveries and further exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. The Company has operations in Africa and South America. The West Cape Three Points (WCTP) Block and Deepwater Tano (DT) Block are located within the Tano Basin, offshore Ghana. The Tano Basin represents the eastern extension of the Deep Ivorian Basin, which resulted from the development of an extensional sedimentary basin caused by tensional forces associated with opening of the Atlantic Ocean, as South America separated from Africa in the Mid-Cretaceous period.

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