Analyzing Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ:BRY) and Its Competitors

Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ: BRY) is one of 176 public companies in the “Crude petroleum & natural gas” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Berry Petroleum to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Berry Petroleum and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berry Petroleum N/A N/A N/A
Berry Petroleum Competitors -7.30% 3.36% 4.90%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Berry Petroleum and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Berry Petroleum $586.56 million $147.10 million 10.02
Berry Petroleum Competitors $11.25 billion $810.67 million 13.37

Berry Petroleum’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Berry Petroleum. Berry Petroleum is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.3% of Berry Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.3% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Berry Petroleum shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are held 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.

Dividends

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 rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Berry Petroleum and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berry Petroleum 0 2 8 0 2.80
Berry Petroleum Competitors 2019 8275 11917 389 2.47

Berry Petroleum presently has a consensus price target of $17.71, indicating a potential upside of 40.37%. As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies have a potential upside of 34.72%. Given Berry Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Berry Petroleum is more favorable than its rivals.

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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