Comparing Kosmos Energy (KOS) and Its Competitors

Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) is one of 227 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Kosmos Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.6% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Kosmos Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Kosmos Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kosmos Energy -23.83% -8.88% -2.98%
Kosmos Energy Competitors -453.15% 21.05% 6.39%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kosmos Energy and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Kosmos Energy $385.36 million -$283.78 million -19.54
Kosmos Energy Competitors $1.86 billion -$439.03 million -1,048.26

Kosmos Energy’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Kosmos Energy. Kosmos Energy 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Kosmos Energy and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kosmos Energy 0 4 8 0 2.67
Kosmos Energy Competitors 1459 7596 12206 254 2.52

Kosmos Energy currently has a consensus price target of $9.60, indicating a potential upside of 19.85%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential downside of 65.01%. Given Kosmos Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Kosmos Energy is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Kosmos Energy has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kosmos Energy’s competitors have a beta of 1.42, meaning that their average stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Kosmos Energy

Kosmos Energy Ltd. (Kosmos) is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the emerging areas along the Atlantic Margins. Its assets include existing production and development projects offshore Ghana, discoveries and further exploration potential offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses with hydrocarbon potential offshore Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, Morocco and Western Sahara. The Company has operations in Africa and South America. The West Cape Three Points (WCTP) Block and Deepwater Tano (DT) Block are located within the Tano Basin, offshore Ghana. The Tano Basin represents the eastern extension of the Deep Ivorian Basin, which resulted from the development of an extensional sedimentary basin caused by tensional forces associated with opening of the Atlantic Ocean, as South America separated from Africa in the Mid-Cretaceous period.

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