Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) is one of 23 public companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Statoil ASA to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Statoil ASA and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Statoil ASA 3 8 3 0 2.00
Statoil ASA Competitors 214 647 762 31 2.37

Statoil ASA currently has a consensus price target of $17.67, suggesting a potential downside of 13.01%. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 43.33%. Given Statoil ASA’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Statoil ASA has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Statoil ASA and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Statoil ASA $55.12 billion $18.51 billion -84.62
Statoil ASA Competitors $52.35 billion $11.11 billion 1.36

Statoil ASA has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Statoil ASA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Statoil ASA has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Statoil ASA’s peers have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Statoil ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Statoil ASA pays out -291.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 257.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Statoil ASA has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Statoil ASA is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.0% of Statoil ASA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.3% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by insiders. 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.

Profitability

This table compares Statoil ASA and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Statoil ASA -1.32% 5.61% 1.93%
Statoil ASA Competitors -10.14% 1.99% 0.98%

Summary

Statoil ASA beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Statoil ASA Company Profile

Statoil ASA (Statoil) is an energy company. The Company is engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities. The Company’s segments include Development and Production Norway (DPN), Development and Production International (DPI), Marketing, Midstream and Processing (MMP) and Other. DPN segment manages the Company’s upstream activities on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) and explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. DPI segment manages the Company’s upstream activities that are not included in the DPN and Development and Production USA (DPUSA) business areas. MMP segment manages its marketing and trading activities related to oil products and natural gas, transportation, processing and manufacturing, and the development of oil and gas. Other segment includes activities in New Energy Solutions (NES), Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD), Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB), and Corporate staffs and support functions.

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