Head-To-Head Analysis: TotalFinaElf, (TOT) and Cenovus Energy (CVE)

TotalFinaElf, (NYSE: TOT) and Cenovus Energy (NYSE:CVE) are both large-cap integrated oil & gas companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares TotalFinaElf, and Cenovus Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TotalFinaElf, 4.90% 9.39% 4.34%
Cenovus Energy 17.45% 6.19% 2.81%

Volatility and Risk

TotalFinaElf, has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cenovus Energy has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

TotalFinaElf, pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Cenovus Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. TotalFinaElf, pays out 53.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cenovus Energy pays out 7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.3% of TotalFinaElf, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.0% of Cenovus Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TotalFinaElf, and Cenovus Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TotalFinaElf, $149.74 billion 0.91 $6.20 billion $3.17 17.28
Cenovus Energy $9.09 billion 1.37 -$411.58 million $2.24 4.54

TotalFinaElf, has higher revenue and earnings than Cenovus Energy. Cenovus Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TotalFinaElf,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for TotalFinaElf, and Cenovus Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TotalFinaElf, 0 9 5 1 2.47
Cenovus Energy 2 5 7 0 2.36

TotalFinaElf, presently has a consensus target price of $55.40, indicating a potential upside of 1.13%. Cenovus Energy has a consensus target price of $16.79, indicating a potential upside of 65.21%. Given Cenovus Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cenovus Energy is more favorable than TotalFinaElf,.

Summary

TotalFinaElf, beats Cenovus Energy on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TotalFinaElf,

Total S.A. (Total) is an oil and gas company. The Company has three segments: an Upstream segment, including the activities of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, and the activities of gas and power; a Refining & Chemicals segment constituting an industrial hub consisting of the activities of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, and also includes the activities of oil trading and shipping, and a Marketing & Services segment, including the activities of supply and marketing in the field of petroleum products, as well as the activity of New Energies. Its Corporate segment includes holdings operating and financial activities. The Company operates in the renewable energies and power generation sectors. It is engaged in various sectors of oil and gas industry, including upstream (hydrocarbon exploration, development and production) and downstream (refining, petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products and marketing).

About Cenovus Energy

Cenovus Energy Inc is a Canada-based integrated oil company. It operates in the business of developing, producing and marketing crude oil, Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in Canada. The Company also conducts marketing activities and owns refining interests in the United States (U.S.). Its segments include: Oil Sands, which includes the development and production of bitumen and natural gas in northeast Alberta; Conventional, which includes the development and production of conventional crude oil, NGLs and natural gas in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including the heavy oil assets at Pelican Lake, the carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Weyburn and emerging tight oil opportunities; Refining and Marketing, which includes transporting and selling crude oil and natural gas and joint ownership of refineries in the U.S., as well as Corporate and Eliminations.

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