Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN) is one of 242 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Southwestern Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Southwestern Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Southwestern Energy -9.46% 25.19% 4.35%
Southwestern Energy Competitors -451.08% 1.24% 0.38%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Southwestern Energy and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Southwestern Energy 2 14 8 0 2.25
Southwestern Energy Competitors 1574 7891 12206 268 2.51

Southwestern Energy presently has a consensus price target of $12.15, suggesting a potential upside of 100.83%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 41.93%. Given Southwestern Energy’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Southwestern Energy is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Southwestern Energy $2.99 billion $1.09 billion -6.17
Southwestern Energy Competitors $1.39 billion $598.40 million 21.26

Southwestern Energy has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Southwestern Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.5% of Southwestern Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Southwestern Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Southwestern Energy has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southwestern Energy’s competitors have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Southwestern Energy beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Southwestern Energy

Southwestern Energy Company is an energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Company operates through two segments: Exploration and Production (E&P) and Midstream Services. Its operations in northeast Pennsylvania are primarily focused on the unconventional natural gas reservoir known as the Marcellus Shale. Through its affiliated midstream subsidiaries, it is engaged in natural gas gathering activities in Arkansas and Louisiana. Its operations are principally focused on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Arkansas. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves were 5,253 billions of cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, it gathered approximately 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale area, including 42 Bcf of natural gas from third-party operated wells.

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