Athlon Energy (NYSE: ATHL) is one of 225 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Athlon Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Athlon Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athlon Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Athlon Energy Competitors 1497 7718 12426 265 2.52

As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 18.87%. Given Athlon Energy’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Athlon Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Athlon Energy N/A N/A 102.61
Athlon Energy Competitors $1.86 billion -$438.87 million -11.83

Athlon Energy’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Athlon Energy. Athlon Energy 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.

Profitability

This table compares Athlon Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athlon Energy N/A N/A N/A
Athlon Energy Competitors -286.70% 26.21% 5.75%

Summary

Athlon Energy peers beat Athlon Energy on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

Athlon Energy Company Profile

Athlon Energy Inc., is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is a holding company and its sole assets are controlling equity interests in Athlon Holdings LP and its subsidiaries. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and exploitation of unconventional oil and liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin spans portions of Texas and New Mexico and consists of three primary sub-basins: the Delaware Basin, the Central Basin Platform and the Midland Basin. The Company’s properties are located in the Midland Basin. In February 2014, Athlon Energy Inc announced that subsidiary, Athlon Holdings LP completed the acquisition of certain oil and natural gas properties and related assets in the Midland Basin of West Texas.

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