Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Exxon Mobil Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exxon Mobil Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Exxon Mobil Corporation $226.09 billion $7.84 billion 26.42
Exxon Mobil Corporation Competitors $40.29 billion $686.61 million 234.66

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.8% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Exxon Mobil Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exxon Mobil Corporation 5 12 8 1 2.19
Exxon Mobil Corporation Competitors 385 1882 2497 115 2.48

Exxon Mobil Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $86.10, suggesting a potential upside of 6.16%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 11.32%. Given Exxon Mobil Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Exxon Mobil Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Exxon Mobil Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Exxon Mobil Corporation pays out 100.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.5% and pay out 394.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Exxon Mobil Corporation has raised its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.32, suggesting that their average share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Exxon Mobil Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exxon Mobil Corporation 5.14% 8.21% 4.40%
Exxon Mobil Corporation Competitors -1.29% 3.37% 1.67%

Summary

Exxon Mobil Corporation beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Exxon Mobil Corporation Company Profile

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Chemical, and Corporate and Financing. The Upstream segment operates to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas. The Downstream operates to manufacture and sell petroleum products. The Chemical segment operates to manufacture and sell petrochemicals. The Company has exploration and development activities in projects located in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.

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