Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) is one of 245 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Whiting Petroleum Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whiting Petroleum Corporation -88.27% -6.77% -3.46%
Whiting Petroleum Corporation Competitors -438.58% 4.10% 1.35%

Risk and Volatility

Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 3.38, meaning that its share price is 238% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.42, meaning that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whiting Petroleum Corporation 5 12 10 1 2.25
Whiting Petroleum Corporation Competitors 1416 7360 11934 253 2.53

Whiting Petroleum Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $10.27, indicating a potential upside of 86.00%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 35.67%. Given Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Whiting Petroleum Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.4% of Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Whiting Petroleum Corporation $1.23 billion $701.38 million -1.59
Whiting Petroleum Corporation Competitors $1.42 billion $613.49 million 20.48

Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Whiting Petroleum Corporation. Whiting Petroleum Corporation 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.

About Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Whiting Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in development, production, acquisition and exploration activities primarily in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. It is engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid (NGLs) and natural gas. Its Northern Rocky Mountains operations included properties in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana targeting the Bakken and Three Forks formations and encompassing approximately 736,000 gross developed and undeveloped acres, as of December 31, 2016. Its Central Rocky Mountains operations included properties at its Redtail field in the Denver Julesburg Basin in Weld County, Colorado targeting the Niobrara and Codell/Fort Hays formations and encompassing approximately 157,200 gross developed and undeveloped acres, as of December 31, 2016. Its other operations primarily relate to non-core assets in Colorado, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

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