Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) is one of 240 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Murphy Oil Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Murphy Oil Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Murphy Oil Corporation -1.83% -1.76% -0.86%
Murphy Oil Corporation Competitors -443.86% 1.53% 0.49%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.6% of Murphy Oil Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Murphy Oil Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Murphy Oil Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Murphy Oil Corporation pays out -454.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 371.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Murphy Oil Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

Murphy Oil Corporation has a beta of 2.08, meaning that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy Oil Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Murphy Oil Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Murphy Oil Corporation 1 8 1 0 2.00
Murphy Oil Corporation Competitors 1572 7876 12175 268 2.51

Murphy Oil Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $30.70, suggesting a potential upside of 20.68%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 44.81%. Given Murphy Oil Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Murphy Oil Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Murphy Oil Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Murphy Oil Corporation $2.02 billion $1.32 billion -115.64
Murphy Oil Corporation Competitors $1.39 billion $598.28 million 21.12

Murphy Oil Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Murphy Oil Corporation 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.

About Murphy Oil Corporation

Murphy Oil Corporation (Murphy) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company’s exploration and production business explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids across the world. Its exploration and production activities are subdivided into four geographic segments: the United States, Canada, Malaysia and all other countries. It explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids around the world. This business maintains upstream operating offices in several locations around the world, including Houston, Texas, Calgary, Alberta, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As of December 31, 2016, Murphy’s principal exploration and production activities were conducted in the United States by Murphy Exploration & Production Company-USA (Murphy Expro USA), in Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, and Vietnam by Murphy Exploration & Production Company-International (Murphy Expro International) and its subsidiaries, and in Western Canada.

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