Encana Corporation (ECA) versus its Competitors Head-To-Head Contrast

Encana Corporation (NYSE: ECA) is one of 240 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Encana Corporation to similar companies based off the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Encana Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Encana Corporation 1 7 15 2 2.72
Encana Corporation Competitors 1566 7858 12147 267 2.51

Encana Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $13.16, indicating a potential upside of 38.84%. All “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 49.25%. Given Encana Corporation’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Encana Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Encana Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Encana Corporation pays out 7.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 368.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.8% of Encana Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Encana Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Encana Corporation $3.77 billion $1.68 billion 11.02
Encana Corporation Competitors $1.39 billion $604.75 million 20.23

Encana Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Encana Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Encana Corporation has a beta of 2.06, suggesting that its stock price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Encana Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Encana Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Encana Corporation 19.09% 6.25% 2.72%
Encana Corporation Competitors -440.03% 3.68% 0.74%

Summary

Encana Corporation beats its rivals on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Encana Corporation Company Profile

Encana Corporation is an energy producer that is focused on developing its multi-basin portfolio of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) producing plays. The Company’s operations also include the marketing of natural gas, oil and NGLs. All of its reserves and production are located in North America. It operates through three segments: Canadian Operations, USA Operations and Market optimization. Its Canadian Operations segment includes the exploration for, development of, and production of natural gas oil and NGLs and other related activities within Canada. Its Canadian operations include Montney in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta and Duvernay in west central Alberta. The USA Operations include the exploration for, development of, and production of natural gas, oil and NGLs, and other related activities within the United States. The Market Optimization activities are primarily responsible for the sale of the Company’s production to third party customers.

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