Comparing Bellatrix Exploration (BXE) & The Competition

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE: BXE) is one of 251 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Bellatrix Exploration to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Bellatrix Exploration $172.08 million -$20.13 million -2.89
Bellatrix Exploration Competitors $2.23 billion -$474.05 million 14.09

Bellatrix Exploration’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bellatrix Exploration. Bellatrix Exploration 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.

Volatility & Risk

Bellatrix Exploration has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bellatrix Exploration’s peers have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Bellatrix Exploration and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bellatrix Exploration 0 4 1 0 2.20
Bellatrix Exploration Competitors 1566 8065 13039 285 2.52

Bellatrix Exploration presently has a consensus price target of $4.88, indicating a potential upside of 98.17%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 29.64%. Given Bellatrix Exploration’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Bellatrix Exploration is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by 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.

Profitability

This table compares Bellatrix Exploration and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bellatrix Exploration -21.02% -1.66% -0.98%
Bellatrix Exploration Competitors -438.71% -2.18% 3.44%

Summary

Bellatrix Exploration peers beat Bellatrix Exploration on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Bellatrix Exploration Company Profile

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is an oil and gas exploration company engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s properties include Ferrier, Willesden Green, Greater Pembina, Strachan and Harmattan. Ferrier is located over 30 kilometers northwest of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The Ferrier and Alder Flats areas produce natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Belly River, Cardium, Notikewin, Falher and Rock Creek zones at depths ranging from 1,800 to 2,700 meters. The Willesden Green area is located approximately 40 kilometers north of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Pembina is located over 20 kilometers west of Drayton Valley, Alberta. Strachan is located approximately 10 kilometers south of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Harmattan is located approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Calgary near the town of Sundre, Alberta.

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