Penn Virginia (PVAC) & Its Competitors Head to Head Survey

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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89.2% of Penn Virginia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of shares of all “Crude petroleum & natural gas” 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 summary of current ratings and price targets for Penn Virginia and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penn Virginia 0 0 3 0 3.00
Penn Virginia Competitors 1521 6669 10009 305 2.49

Penn Virginia presently has a consensus target price of $59.00, suggesting a potential upside of 76.86%. As a group, “Crude petroleum & natural gas” companies have a potential upside of 22.18%. Given Penn Virginia’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Penn Virginia is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Penn Virginia $160.05 million $32.66 million 11.58
Penn Virginia Competitors $9.50 billion $284.15 million 20.75

Penn Virginia’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Penn Virginia. Penn Virginia is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Penn Virginia and its competitors’ 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%

Volatility and Risk

Penn Virginia has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penn Virginia’s competitors have a beta of 0.65, meaning that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Penn Virginia beats its competitors 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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