Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras (NYSE: PBR.A) and QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and QEP Resources’ 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 N/A N/A N/A ($0.47) N/A
QEP Resources $1.59 billion 1.30 $822.60 million ($0.26) -32.96

QEP Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras. QEP Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras has a beta of 2.65, indicating that its stock price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QEP Resources has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and QEP Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras 0 0 0 0 N/A
QEP Resources 0 7 9 1 2.65

QEP Resources has a consensus price target of $15.80, suggesting a potential upside of 84.36%.

Profitability

This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and QEP Resources’ 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%
QEP Resources -3.90% -4.24% -2.10%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.6% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of QEP Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of QEP Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

QEP Resources beats Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras on 6 of the 10 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.

QEP Resources Company Profile

QEP Resources, Inc. is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on two regions of the United States: the Northern Region (primarily in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah) and the Southern Region (primarily in Texas and Louisiana). The Company conducts exploration and production activities in North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays. The Company has an inventory of developed and undeveloped drilling locations in the Permian Basin in western Texas, the Williston Basin in North Dakota, Haynesville/Cotton Valley in northwestern Louisiana, the Pinedale Anticline (Pinedale) in western Wyoming, the Uinta Basin in eastern Utah and other properties in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. It sells gas volumes to wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies and utilities. It sells oil and natural gas liquid (NGL) volumes to refiners, marketers and other companies.

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