Petroquest Energy (NYSE: PQ) is one of 243 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Petroquest Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Petroquest Energy has a beta of 1.99, indicating that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroquest Energy’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, indicating that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Petroquest Energy and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petroquest Energy 0 2 1 0 2.33
Petroquest Energy Competitors 1575 7893 12211 268 2.51

Petroquest Energy currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 94.17%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 40.66%. Given Petroquest Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Petroquest Energy is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Petroquest Energy and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Petroquest Energy $77.60 million $30.48 million -0.95
Petroquest Energy Competitors $1.42 billion $609.10 million 20.84

Petroquest Energy’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Petroquest Energy. Petroquest Energy 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 and Insider Ownership

37.5% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.4% of Petroquest Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Petroquest Energy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petroquest Energy -46.00% N/A -17.77%
Petroquest Energy Competitors -449.27% 1.65% 0.69%


Petroquest Energy rivals beat Petroquest Energy on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About Petroquest Energy

PetroQuest Energy, Inc. is an oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in exploratory, development and acquisition activities. The Company has approximately 30 gross exploratory wells and over 30 gross development wells. The Company has reserves in various areas, including East Texas, Gulf Coast Basin and Oklahoma Woodford. Its annual production from East Texas area is approximately 114.1 billions of cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe); Gulf Coast Basin is over 43.9 Bcfe, and Oklahoma Woodford is approximately 20.0 Bcfe. The net production from its East Texas assets averages over 30.4 millions of cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day. Production from Gulf Coast Basin area totals approximately 37.8 MMcfe per day. The average daily production from its Oklahoma-Woodford properties totals over 25 MMcfe per day. The Company sells its oil and natural gas production under fixed or floating market contracts.

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