Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) is one of 245 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 0 8 11 0 2.58
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Competitors 1417 7362 11935 253 2.53

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $29.06, indicating a potential upside of 10.11%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 35.81%. Given Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation -10.95% 4.68% 2.39%
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Competitors -437.82% 3.75% 1.41%

Dividends

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation pays out -54.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 403.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.42, indicating that their average stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation $1.59 billion $881.72 million -71.32
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Competitors $1.42 billion $613.49 million 20.48

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.3% of Cabot Oil & Gas 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. 1.6% of Cabot Oil & Gas 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Company Profile

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the development, exploitation and exploration of oil and gas properties. The Company operates in the segment of natural gas and oil development, exploitation, exploration and production, in the continental United States. Its assets are concentrated in areas with known hydrocarbon resources, which are conducive to multi-well, repeatable drilling programs. As of December 31, 2016, its exploration, development and production operations were primarily concentrated in two unconventional plays: the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania and the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas. The Company also has operations in various other unconventional and conventional plays throughout the continental United States. Its Marcellus Shale properties are principally located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Its properties in the Eagle Ford Shale are principally located in Atascosa, Frio and La Salle Counties, Texas.

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