Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) is one of 246 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Sanchez Energy Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Sanchez Energy Corporation has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sanchez Energy Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.42, meaning that their average stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Sanchez Energy Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sanchez Energy Corporation 7.65% N/A -3.28%
Sanchez Energy Corporation Competitors -437.36% -2.58% 0.97%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Sanchez Energy Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sanchez Energy Corporation 1 6 6 0 2.38
Sanchez Energy Corporation Competitors 1434 7419 12025 255 2.53

Sanchez Energy Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $11.45, suggesting a potential upside of 160.92%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.02%. Given Sanchez Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sanchez Energy Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sanchez Energy Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sanchez Energy Corporation $550.09 million $297.41 million -13.30
Sanchez Energy Corporation Competitors $1.40 billion $602.68 million 21.62

Sanchez Energy Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Sanchez Energy Corporation. Sanchez Energy 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.1% of Sanchez Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.7% of Sanchez Energy Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Sanchez Energy Corporation

Sanchez Energy Corporation is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of the United States onshore unconventional oil and natural gas resources. The Company primarily focuses on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. The Company also holds an undeveloped acreage position in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in Mississippi and Louisiana. As of December 31, 2016, it had assembled approximately 278,000 net leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford Shale. As of December 31, 2016, it had 473 net wells in the Eagle Ford Shale area. In its Catarina area, the Company had approximately 106,000 net acres in Dimmit, LaSalle and Webb Counties, Texas, at December 31, 2016. In its Maverick area, it had approximately 100,000 net acres in Dimmit, Frio, LaSalle, Zavala and McMullen Counties, Texas, at December 31, 2016. In its Javelina area, it had approximately 39,500 net acres in LaSalle and Webb Counties, Texas, at December 31, 2016.

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