Head-To-Head Contrast: EP Energy (EPEGQ) versus Its Peers

EP Energy (OTCMKTS: EPEGQ) is one of 182 publicly-traded companies in the “Crude petroleum & natural gas” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare EP Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for EP Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EP Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
EP Energy Competitors 2298 8951 12569 409 2.46

As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies have a potential upside of 43.85%. Given EP Energy’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe EP Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of EP Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.3% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of EP Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

EP Energy has a beta of 3.57, suggesting that its stock price is 257% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EP Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.96, suggesting that their average stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
EP Energy $1.32 billion -$1.00 billion -0.04
EP Energy Competitors $10.90 billion $759.77 million 8.31

EP Energy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than EP Energy. EP Energy 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 and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EP Energy -154.93% N/A -4.16%
EP Energy Competitors -4.63% -1.84% 5.04%

Summary

EP Energy peers beat EP Energy on 8 of the 10 factors compared.

About EP Energy

EP Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, engages in the acquisition and development of unconventional onshore oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Its assets are located primarily in three areas, such as the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas; Northeastern Utah in the Uinta basin; and the Permian basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2018, EP Energy Corporation had proved reserves of 324.5 million barrels of oil equivalent; and had average net daily production of 80,654 barrel of oil equivalent per day. The company primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to third parties. EP Energy Corporation was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. On October 3, 2019, EP Energy Corporation, along with its affiliates, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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