Enerplus Corporation (NYSE: ERF) is one of 256 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Enerplus Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.
Enerplus Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Enerplus Corporation pays out 3.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 231.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
50.9% of Enerplus Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility & Risk
Enerplus Corporation has a beta of 1.37, meaning that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enerplus Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.33, meaning that their average stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Enerplus Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Enerplus Corporation Competitors||-427.54%||-1.10%||2.10%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Enerplus Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Enerplus Corporation||$545.68 million||$300.12 million||3.33|
|Enerplus Corporation Competitors||$1.89 billion||-$443.16 million||124.19|
Enerplus Corporation’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Enerplus Corporation. Enerplus Corporation 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.
This is a summary of recent recommendations for Enerplus Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Enerplus Corporation Competitors||1458||7572||12250||259||2.53|
Enerplus Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $14.80, suggesting a potential upside of 54.97%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 31.28%. Given Enerplus Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Enerplus Corporation is more favorable than its peers.
Enerplus Corporation beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
Enerplus Corporation Company Profile
Enerplus Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests are located in the United States, primarily in North Dakota, Montana, and Pennsylvania, as well as in western Canada in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests contains proved plus probable gross reserves of approximately 14.3 million barrels (MMbbls) of light and medium crude oil, 39.0 MMbbls of heavy crude oil, 123 MMbbls of tight oil, 18.1 MMbbls of natural gas liquids (NGLs), 126.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of conventional natural gas and 1,002.8 Bcf of shale gas, for a total of approximately 382.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE). The Company’s primary crude oil properties in the United States are located in the Fort Berthold region of North Dakota and in Richland County, Montana.
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