Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (NYSE: PBR.A) and InterOil (NYSE:IOC) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras and InterOil, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras 0 1 0 0 2.00
InterOil 0 0 0 0 N/A

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras presently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.38%. Given Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras is more favorable than InterOil.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras and InterOil’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras $81.41 billion 0.77 -$4.84 billion $0.35 27.37
InterOil N/A N/A N/A ($3.70) -13.07

InterOil has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras. InterOil is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras and InterOil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras 2.71% 4.27% 1.38%
InterOil -233.48% -14.08% -8.85%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.5% of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.6% of InterOil shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras beats InterOil on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

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.

About InterOil

InterOil Corporation (InterOil) is an oil and gas business with a sole focus on Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Company’s segments include Upstream and Corporate. The Upstream segment includes exploration, appraisal and development of hydrocarbon structures in PNG. The Corporate segment provides support to the Company’s other business segments through business development and improvement activities, general services, administration, human resources, executive management, financing and treasury, government affairs and investor relations. InterOil holds interests across over four exploration and approximately two production retention licenses in the Eastern Papuan Basin of Papua New Guinea. Its assets include the Elk, Antelope, Triceratops, Raptor and Bobcat fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea, and exploration licenses covering approximately 16,000 square kilometers (over four million acres) in Papua New Guinea.

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