Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ: BRY) is one of 176 public companies in the “Crude petroleum & natural gas” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Berry Petroleum to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Berry Petroleum and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Berry Petroleum||$586.56 million||$147.10 million||9.92|
|Berry Petroleum Competitors||$11.25 billion||$707.29 million||12.63|
Berry Petroleum pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Berry Petroleum pays out 38.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 43.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Berry Petroleum is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
81.5% of Berry Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Berry Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.8% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Berry Petroleum and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Berry Petroleum Competitors||-7.32%||3.53%||4.99%|
This is a summary of recent recommendations for Berry Petroleum and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Berry Petroleum Competitors||2013||8251||11897||389||2.47|
Berry Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $17.71, indicating a potential upside of 41.71%. As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies have a potential upside of 38.35%. Given Berry Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Berry Petroleum is more favorable than its competitors.
About Berry Petroleum
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC., formerly Berry Petroleum Company, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the production, development, exploitation, and acquisition of oil and natural gas. The Company’s principal reserves and producing properties are located in California (South Midway-Sunset (SMWSS)-Steam Floods, North Midway-Sunset (NMWSS)-Diatomite, NMWSS-New Steam Floods, Texas (Permian and E. Texas), Utah (Uinta) and Colorado (Piceance). The Company’s operations are conducted in the continental United States. In December 2013, Linn Energy LLC and Linn Co, LLC (Linn Co) announced the completion of the merger between LinnCo and Berry Petroleum Company (Berry), where LinnCo had acquired all of Berry’s interest.
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