Head to Head Comparison: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) vs. Its Competitors

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

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 339.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Exxon Mobil Corporation has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 26.45
Exxon Mobil Corporation Competitors $40.28 billion $685.70 million 229.49

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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.8% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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 -1.41% 3.21% 1.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings 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 9 1 2.22
Exxon Mobil Corporation Competitors 385 1868 2489 113 2.48

Exxon Mobil Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $86.33, indicating a potential upside of 6.31%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 7.89%. 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.

Summary

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

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

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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