Head to Head Comparison: Penn Virginia (PVAC) vs. The Competition

Penn Virginia (NASDAQ: PVAC) is one of 160 publicly-traded companies in the “Crude petroleum & natural gas” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Penn Virginia to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.


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This table compares Penn Virginia and its peers’ 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 -1.66% -47.64% 3.23%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Penn Virginia and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 0 3 0 3.00
Penn Virginia Competitors 1537 6695 10024 306 2.49

Penn Virginia currently has a consensus price target of $59.00, indicating a potential upside of 69.78%. As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies have a potential upside of 20.17%. Given Penn Virginia’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Penn Virginia has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penn Virginia’s peers have a beta of 0.65, meaning that their average share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Penn Virginia and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia $160.05 million $32.66 million 12.07
Penn Virginia Competitors $9.52 billion $284.15 million 20.51

Penn Virginia’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Penn Virginia. Penn Virginia 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 & Insider Ownership

89.2% of Penn Virginia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.5% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Penn Virginia beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Penn Virginia Company Profile

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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