SM Energy (NYSE: SM) is one of 246 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare SM Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares SM Energy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SM Energy -20.67% -3.11% -1.19%
SM Energy Competitors -434.93% -2.71% 0.97%

Volatility and Risk

SM Energy has a beta of 2.97, suggesting that its share price is 197% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SM Energy’s rivals have a beta of 1.42, suggesting that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.1% of SM Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of SM Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SM Energy and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SM Energy $1.24 billion $622.71 million -5.42
SM Energy Competitors $1.42 billion $613.43 million 20.11

SM Energy’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than SM Energy. SM Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for SM Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SM Energy 0 7 8 0 2.53
SM Energy Competitors 1418 7372 11960 253 2.53

SM Energy currently has a consensus target price of $30.42, suggesting a potential upside of 79.13%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 37.02%. Given SM Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe SM Energy is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

SM Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. SM Energy pays out -3.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 401.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

SM Energy Company Profile

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and condensate, natural gas and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. It operates in the exploration and production segment of the oil and gas industry within the United States. Its operations are concentrated in onshore operating areas in the United States, which include South Texas and Gulf Coast Region, Rocky Mountain Region and Permian Region. It has working interests in approximately 1,027 gross productive oil wells and approximately 1,882 gross productive gas wells. Its South Texas and Gulf Coast Region has both operated and non-operated Eagle Ford shale program. It has approximately 124,000 net acres in Divide County, North Dakota, and approximately 156,000 net acres in the Powder River Basin. Its Permian Region closed multiple transactions in the Midland Basin in west Texas acquiring approximately 62,000 net acres.

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