Financial Survey: Jones Energy (JONE) versus Its Competitors

Jones Energy (NYSE: JONE) is one of 230 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Jones Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Jones Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jones Energy 2 3 1 0 1.83
Jones Energy Competitors 1504 7787 12604 268 2.53

Jones Energy currently has a consensus target price of $1.90, suggesting a potential upside of 59.66%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 22.45%. Given Jones Energy’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Jones Energy is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.3% of Jones Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 37.2% of Jones Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Jones Energy has a beta of 2.62, suggesting that its stock price is 162% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jones Energy’s rivals have a beta of 1.38, suggesting that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jones Energy -105.90% -0.80% -0.35%
Jones Energy Competitors -298.13% 25.59% 5.48%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Jones Energy and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Jones Energy $127.85 million -$42.55 million -0.45
Jones Energy Competitors $1.86 billion -$438.87 million -19.99

Jones Energy’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Jones Energy. Jones Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Jones Energy rivals beat Jones Energy on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Jones Energy

Jones Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s assets are located within the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Texas and Oklahoma. It owns leasehold interests in oil and natural gas producing properties, as well as in undeveloped acreage, located in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins in Texas and Oklahoma. The Company’s oil is generally sold under short-term, extendable and cancellable agreements with unaffiliated purchasers. The Company’s natural gas is sold at delivery points at or near producing wells to natural gas gathering and marketing companies. Its total estimated proved reserves are approximately 101.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Approximately 25% of its total estimated proved reserves consist of oil, over 32% consist of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and over 43% consist of natural gas. Its properties include over 1,020 gross producing wells.

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