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Executive Summary

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an independent exploration and production company in the United States and Equatorial Guinea.

Snowflake Analysis

Good value with moderate growth potential.

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Share Price & News

How has Marathon Oil's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: MRO's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Oil and Gas


US Market

1 Year Return




US Oil and Gas


US Market

Return vs Industry: MRO underperformed the US Oil and Gas industry which returned -39.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: MRO underperformed the US Market which returned 5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-1.7%1.5%4.3%
30 Day-19.9%-15.6%0.5%
90 Day59.2%16.9%23.0%
1 Year-56.1%-56.7%-36.9%-39.7%9.7%7.4%
3 Year-47.2%-49.1%-31.0%-38.3%38.3%29.2%
5 Year-74.4%-76.3%-36.7%-47.0%66.0%47.6%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Marathon Oil's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Marathon Oil undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: MRO ($5.86) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($12.64)

Significantly Below Fair Value: MRO is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: MRO is poor value based on its PE Ratio (18.1x) compared to the Oil and Gas industry average (8.3x).

PE vs Market: MRO is poor value based on its PE Ratio (18.1x) compared to the US market (16.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: MRO is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.3x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: MRO is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.4x) compared to the US Oil and Gas industry average (0.7x).

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Future Growth

How is Marathon Oil forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 17 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: MRO's forecast earnings growth (57.7% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: MRO's earnings (57.7% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (22.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: MRO's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-15.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: MRO's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-15.4% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: MRO is forecast to be unprofitable in 3 years.

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Past Performance

How has Marathon Oil performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: MRO has a large one-off loss of $81.0M impacting its March 31 2020 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: MRO's current net profit margins (5.3%) are lower than last year (15.9%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: MRO has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 44.3% per year.

Accelerating Growth: MRO's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: MRO had negative earnings growth (-71.6%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Oil and Gas industry average (-17.5%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: MRO's Return on Equity (2.2%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Marathon Oil's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: MRO's short term assets ($1.9B) exceed its short term liabilities ($1.4B).

Long Term Liabilities: MRO's short term assets ($1.9B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($6.3B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: MRO's debt to equity ratio (46.2%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: MRO's debt to equity ratio has increased from 31.2% to 46.2% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: MRO's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (53.2%).

Interest Coverage: MRO's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (2.2x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Marathon Oil current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Forecast Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate MRO's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate MRO's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if MRO's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if MRO's dividend payments have been increasing.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: MRO is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of MRO's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Lee Tillman (58yo)





Mr. Lee M. Tillman has been the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Marathon Oil Corporation since August 1, 2013 and has been its Chairman since February 1, 2019. Mr. Tillman served as a Vi ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Lee's total compensation ($USD14.05M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.83M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Lee's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Lee Tillman
Chairman6.92yrsUS$14.05m0.090% $4.2m
Dane Whitehead
Executive VP & CFO3.33yrsUS$4.07m0.035% $1.6m
Reginald Hedgebeth
EVP, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer0.92yrUS$3.28m0.018% $840.1k
Patrick Wagner
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy2.67yrsUS$3.56m0.028% $1.3m
T. Little
Executive VP and Advisor to CEO & E.G. Operations0.17yrUS$5.31m0.041% $1.9m
Michael Henderson
Senior Vice President of Operations0.17yrno data0.027% $1.2m
Gary Wilson
VP, Controller & Chief Accounting Officer5.75yrsno data0.0079% $367.3k
Bruce McCullough
Senior VP of Technology & Innovation and Chief Information Officer3.92yrsno datano data
Guy Baber
Vice President of Investor Relations2yrsno datano data
Todd Abbott
Senior Vice President of Business Planning0.33yrno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: MRO's management team is considered experienced (2.3 years average tenure).

Board Members

Lee Tillman
Chairman6.92yrsUS$14.05m0.090% $4.2m
Douglas Foshee
Independent Director2.25yrsUS$343.75k0.0076% $351.5k
Chadwick Deaton
Independent Director6.5yrsUS$342.50k0.0032% $150.1k
Gregory Boyce
Lead Independent Director1.42yrsUS$350.00k0.0072% $332.1k
Marcela Donadio
Independent Director5.58yrsUS$350.00k0.0026% $118.6k
Jason Few
Independent Director1.25yrsUS$243.75kno data
M. Hyland
Independent Director2.25yrsUS$337.50kno data
J. Wells
Independent Director1.25yrsUS$243.75kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: MRO's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 1.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Marathon Oil Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Ticker: MRO
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1887
  • Industry: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Sector: Energy
  • Market Cap: US$4.631b
  • Shares outstanding: 790.31m
  • Website: https://www.marathonoil.com

Number of Employees


  • Marathon Oil Corporation
  • 5555 San Felipe Street
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • 77056-2723
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
MRONYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1968
USSDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
MRO *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJan 1968
0JY9LSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968
M1RO34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH REPR 1 COMBRBRLDec 2019


Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an independent exploration and production company in the United States and Equatorial Guinea. The company engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas; and the production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol, as well as owns and operates 32 central gathering and treating facilities and the Sugarloaf gathering system, a 42-mile natural gas pipeline through Karnes and Atascosa Counties. As of December 31, 2019, it had estimated proved developed reserves totaling 721 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe); and estimated proved undeveloped reserves totaling 484 mmboe. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/06 23:55
End of Day Share Price2020/07/06 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.