Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) and YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.
Volatility & Risk
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras has a beta of 2.43, suggesting that its stock price is 143% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, YPF Sociedad Anonima has a beta of 2.13, suggesting that its stock price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras||-3.63%||5.00%||1.62%|
|YPF Sociedad Anonima||-12.86%||-4.17%||-1.18%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
5.7% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.4% of YPF Sociedad Anonima shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and YPF Sociedad Anonima, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras||1||5||6||0||2.42|
|YPF Sociedad Anonima||1||0||2||0||2.33|
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras presently has a consensus price target of $10.81, suggesting a potential upside of 8.30%. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a consensus price target of $23.17, suggesting a potential upside of 12.90%. Given YPF Sociedad Anonima’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe YPF Sociedad Anonima is more favorable than Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras||$82.85 billion||0.79||$32.86 billion||($0.47)||-21.23|
|YPF Sociedad Anonima||$13.11 billion||0.61||$3.49 billion||($4.85)||-4.23|
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras has higher revenue and earnings than YPF Sociedad Anonima. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than YPF Sociedad Anonima, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
YPF Sociedad Anonima pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras does not pay a dividend. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays out -1.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras beats YPF Sociedad Anonima on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras Company Profile
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras specializes in the oil, natural gas and energy industry. The Company is engaged in prospecting, drilling, refining, processing, trading and transporting crude oil from producing onshore and offshore oil fields and from shale or other rocks. Its segments include Exploration and Production, which covers the activities of exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid and natural gas; Refining, Transportation and Marketing, which covers the refining, logistics, transport and trading of crude oil and oil products activities, exporting of ethanol, and extraction and processing of shale; Gas and Power, which is engaged in transportation and trading of natural gas produced in Brazil and imported natural gas; Biofuels, which covers the activities of production of biodiesel and its co-products, and ethanol-related activities; Distribution, which includes the activities of its subsidiary Petrobras Distribuidora S.A., and Corporate.
YPF Sociedad Anonima Company Profile
YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is an energy company. The Company is operating a fully integrated oil and gas chain. The Company operates through the segments, including Exploration and Production, Downstream, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration and production activities, natural gas and crude oil purchases, sales of natural gas, and to a lesser extent crude oil, to third parties and intersegment sales of crude oil, natural gas and its byproducts. The Company’s Downstream segment is engaged in the refining, transport, purchase of crude oil and natural gas from third parties and intersegment sales, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, refined products, petrochemicals, electric power generation and natural gas distribution. The Company’s Corporate and Other segment carries out other activities.
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