Analyzing Memorial Production Partners (MEMP) and Its Competitors

Memorial Production Partners (NASDAQ: MEMP) is one of 221 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Memorial Production Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Memorial Production Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Memorial Production Partners -395.31% -496.55% -58.07%
Memorial Production Partners Competitors -450.03% 18.37% 6.00%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Memorial Production Partners shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Memorial Production Partners and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Memorial Production Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Memorial Production Partners Competitors 1444 7545 12169 259 2.52

As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 39.01%. Given Memorial Production Partners’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Memorial Production Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Memorial Production Partners and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Memorial Production Partners N/A N/A -0.02
Memorial Production Partners Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -44.66

Memorial Production Partners’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Memorial Production Partners. Memorial Production Partners is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Memorial Production Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 46.2%. Memorial Production Partners pays out -0.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 134.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Memorial Production Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Memorial Production Partners competitors beat Memorial Production Partners on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

Memorial Production Partners Company Profile

Memorial Production Partners LP (the Partnership) owns, acquires and exploits oil and natural gas properties in North America. The Partnership is owned by its limited partners and general partner. Its general partner is responsible for managing all of the Partnership’s operations and activities. The Partnership operates in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties segment. Its business activities are conducted through Memorial Production Operating LLC (OLLC) and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Its assets consist primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties, and are located in East Texas/Louisiana, Rockies, Offshore Southern California, Permian Basin and South Texas. Most of its oil and natural gas properties are located in oil and natural gas reservoirs with geologic characteristics and production profiles and capital requirements.

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