Berry Petroleum (NASDAQ:BRY) & Its Peers Financial Review

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Berry Petroleum and its peers gross 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 peers have higher revenue and earnings than Berry Petroleum. Berry Petroleum 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.

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 peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Berry Petroleum and its peers’ 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%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Berry Petroleum and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

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 currently has a consensus target price of $17.71, suggesting 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, equities analysts plainly believe Berry Petroleum is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional 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 company insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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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