TotalFinaElf, (NYSE: TOT) 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 risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.4% of TotalFinaElf, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.4% of YPF Sociedad Anonima shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares TotalFinaElf, and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TotalFinaElf, 4.59% 9.07% 4.11%
YPF Sociedad Anonima -12.86% -4.17% -1.18%

Dividends

TotalFinaElf, pays an annual dividend of $2.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. TotalFinaElf, pays out 80.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays out -1.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for TotalFinaElf, and YPF Sociedad Anonima, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TotalFinaElf, 0 9 5 1 2.47
YPF Sociedad Anonima 1 0 2 0 2.33

TotalFinaElf, presently has a consensus target price of $56.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.79%. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a consensus target price of $23.17, suggesting a potential upside of 4.12%. Given TotalFinaElf,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe TotalFinaElf, is more favorable than YPF Sociedad Anonima.

Volatility & Risk

TotalFinaElf, has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, YPF Sociedad Anonima has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TotalFinaElf, and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TotalFinaElf, $139.27 billion 0.96 $21.80 billion $2.91 18.36
YPF Sociedad Anonima $13.18 billion 0.66 $3.51 billion ($4.85) -4.59

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

Summary

TotalFinaElf, beats YPF Sociedad Anonima on 12 of the 15 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 YPF Sociedad Anonima

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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