Comparing BP p.l.c. (BP) & Its Competitors
BP p.l.c. (NYSE: BP) is one of 39 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare BP p.l.c. to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and earnings.
Risk and Volatility
BP p.l.c. has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BP p.l.c.’s peers have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
10.1% of BP p.l.c. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of BP p.l.c. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for BP p.l.c. and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|BP p.l.c. Competitors||448||1948||2265||133||2.43|
BP p.l.c. presently has a consensus price target of $36.58, suggesting a potential downside of 0.01%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 19.10%. Given BP p.l.c.’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BP p.l.c. has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
This table compares BP p.l.c. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|BP p.l.c. Competitors||-0.94%||2.37%||1.45%|
BP p.l.c. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. BP p.l.c. pays out 207.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.1% and pay out 638.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BP p.l.c. is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares BP p.l.c. and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|BP p.l.c.||$209.85 billion||$19.97 billion||31.81|
|BP p.l.c. Competitors||$44.25 billion||$4.32 billion||21.72|
BP p.l.c. has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. BP p.l.c. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
BP p.l.c. beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
About BP p.l.c.
BP p.l.c. is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company owns an interest in OJSC Oil Company Rosneft (Rosneft), an oil and gas company. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Rosneft, and Other businesses and corporate. The Upstream segment is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, as well as midstream transportation, storage and processing. The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. The Rosneft segment has a resource base of hydrocarbons onshore and offshore. The Other businesses and corporate segment comprises the biofuels and wind businesses, shipping and treasury functions, and corporate activities around the world. The Company provides its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.
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