Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) versus The Competition Financial Contrast
Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) is one of 244 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 related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and 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||-446.57%||1.78%||0.78%|
Risk and Volatility
Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 3.35, meaning that its share price is 235% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
84.4% of Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% 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 company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Whiting Petroleum Corporation||$1.23 billion||$701.38 million||-1.62|
|Whiting Petroleum Corporation Competitors||$1.42 billion||$613.52 million||20.18|
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.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its competitors, as provided 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||1577||7910||12237||269||2.51|
Whiting Petroleum Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $10.46, suggesting a potential upside of 85.45%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 35.94%. Given Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Whiting Petroleum Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.
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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