Comparing Penn Virginia (PVAC) & Its Peers

Penn Virginia (NASDAQ: PVAC) is one of 169 publicly-traded companies in the “OIL-EXP&PROD” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Penn Virginia to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Penn Virginia and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 1 3 0 2.75
Penn Virginia Competitors 1295 6106 9549 267 2.51

Penn Virginia currently has a consensus target price of $55.67, suggesting a potential upside of 56.45%. As a group, “OIL-EXP&PROD” companies have a potential upside of 26.29%. Given Penn Virginia’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than its competitors.


This table compares Penn Virginia and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penn Virginia 20.56% 20.39% 10.04%
Penn Virginia Competitors 4.64% 192.63% 88.63%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Penn Virginia and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia $160.05 million $32.66 million 16.32
Penn Virginia Competitors $1.29 billion $88.03 million 5.57

Penn Virginia’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Penn Virginia. Penn Virginia 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.

Volatility and Risk

Penn Virginia has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penn Virginia’s competitors have a beta of 0.75, suggesting that their average share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.2% of Penn Virginia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of shares of all “OIL-EXP&PROD” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of shares of all “OIL-EXP&PROD” 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.


Penn Virginia beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Penn Virginia

Penn Virginia Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the onshore exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. It primarily operates wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field in South Texas. The company also has operations in the Granite Wash in Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2017, it had total proved reserves of approximately 73 million barrels of oil equivalent; and 500 gross productive wells, as well as owned approximately 124,000 gross acres of leasehold and royalty interests. Penn Virginia Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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