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 risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Berry Petroleum $586.56 million $147.10 million 8.76
Berry Petroleum Competitors $11.14 billion $754.49 million 11.19

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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.5% of Berry Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Berry Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Berry Petroleum and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berry Petroleum 0 2 8 0 2.80
Berry Petroleum Competitors 1987 8192 11830 388 2.47

Berry Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $17.71, indicating a potential upside of 60.31%. As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies have a potential upside of 47.85%. Given Berry Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Berry Petroleum is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

Berry Petroleum pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. 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 2.7% and pay out 43.5% 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.

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 -7.60% -15.33% 4.91%

Summary

Berry Petroleum beats its rivals on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Berry Petroleum Company Profile

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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