Reviewing Midstates Petroleum (MPO) and The Competition

Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO) is one of 85 public companies in the “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Midstates Petroleum to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

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Midstates Petroleum has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Midstates Petroleum’s competitors have a beta of 1.69, suggesting that their average share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Midstates Petroleum -37.23% 7.06% 5.21%
Midstates Petroleum Competitors -14.47% -14.13% -3.81%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Midstates Petroleum and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Midstates Petroleum 0 1 0 0 2.00
Midstates Petroleum Competitors 1141 4196 4527 169 2.37

As a group, “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies have a potential upside of 22.64%. Given Midstates Petroleum’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Midstates Petroleum has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Midstates Petroleum and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Midstates Petroleum $228.75 million -$85.07 million -3.83
Midstates Petroleum Competitors $2.01 billion -$157.76 million 1.59

Midstates Petroleum’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Midstates Petroleum. Midstates Petroleum is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.0% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Midstates Petroleum shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “OIL MACH/SVC/DRILL” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Midstates Petroleum competitors beat Midstates Petroleum on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Midstates Petroleum

Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company operates oil and natural gas properties, and is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. It is focused on the application of drilling and completion techniques in oil and basins in the onshore United States. It conducts oil and gas operations, and owns and operates oil and gas properties in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Its Mississippian Lime assets consist of approximately 69,680 net prospective acres in the Mississippian Lime trend in Woods and Alfalfa Counties of Oklahoma, and approximately 12,160 net acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, which produces from, and is prospective in, the Hunton formation. Its Anadarko Basin assets consist of approximately 111,190 net acres in the Anadarko Basin, with over 82,530 net acres in Texas and over 28,650 net acres in western Oklahoma.

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