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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.3% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Cimarex Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cimarex Energy 15.64% 13.29% 6.67%
Cimarex Energy Competitors -451.04% 1.42% 0.43%

Volatility and Risk

Cimarex Energy has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cimarex Energy’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Cimarex Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cimarex Energy 1 8 15 0 2.58
Cimarex Energy Competitors 1574 7892 12207 268 2.51

Cimarex Energy presently has a consensus price target of $134.20, suggesting a potential upside of 22.76%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 42.64%. Given Cimarex Energy’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cimarex Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Cimarex Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Cimarex Energy pays out 12.0% 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 370.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cimarex Energy and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cimarex Energy $1.62 billion $1.02 billion 41.10
Cimarex Energy Competitors $1.39 billion $598.40 million 21.19

Cimarex Energy has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Cimarex Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Cimarex Energy beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Cimarex Energy Company Profile

Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates in exploration and production (E&P) segment. Its operations are located in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Its E&P activities take place primarily in two areas: the Permian Basin and the Mid-Continent region. Its Permian Basin region encompasses west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Its Mid-Continent region consists of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. As of fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 (fiscal 2016), its activities in the Mid-Continent were focused in the Woodford shale and the Meramec horizon, both in Oklahoma. During fiscal 2016, production from the Mid-Continent averaged 457 millions of cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day, or 47% of total company production. All of the Company’s oil and gas assets are located in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, 63% of its total proved reserves were located in the Mid-Continent region and 37% were in the Permian Basin.

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