CENTENNIAL RES (NASDAQ: CDEV) and Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.6% of CENTENNIAL RES shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.4% of Petrobras Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.7% of CENTENNIAL RES shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CENTENNIAL RES and Petrobras Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CENTENNIAL RES N/A -8.27% -7.48%
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for CENTENNIAL RES and Petrobras Argentina, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENTENNIAL RES 0 1 11 0 2.92
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A

CENTENNIAL RES currently has a consensus price target of $22.55, suggesting a potential upside of 30.40%. Given CENTENNIAL RES’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CENTENNIAL RES is more favorable than Petrobras Argentina.

Risk and Volatility

CENTENNIAL RES has a beta of 2.14, indicating that its stock price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CENTENNIAL RES and Petrobras Argentina’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CENTENNIAL RES $212.53 million 20.88 $133.00 million N/A N/A
Petrobras Argentina $1.60 billion 1.60 $331.78 million N/A N/A

Petrobras Argentina has higher revenue and earnings than CENTENNIAL RES.

Summary

CENTENNIAL RES beats Petrobras Argentina on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CENTENNIAL RES

Centennial Resource Development, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is focused on the development of unconventional oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin. The Company’s assets are concentrated in the Delaware Basin, a sub-basin of the Permian Basin. Its properties consist of large, contiguous acreage blocks in Reeves, Ward and Pecos counties in West Texas. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held approximately 92% membership interest in Centennial Resource Production, LLC (CRP). As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio included 106 operated producing horizontal wells. The horizontal wells span an area of approximately 45 miles long by 20 miles wide where it had commercial production in five zones: the 3rd Bone Spring Sandstone, Upper Wolfcamp A, Lower Wolfcamp A, Wolfcamp B and Wolfcamp C.

About Petrobras Argentina

Petrobras Argentina SA, formerly Petrobras Energia SA, is an Argentina-based company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining sector. The Company’s activities are structured in four business segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, including the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and maintenance of oil and gas reserves; Refining and Distribution, processing and marketing of petroleum products; Petrochemicals, comprising the production of styrene, polystyrene, bi-oriented polystyrene (BOPS) and synthetic rubber; as well as Gas and Energy, providing gas distribution, as well as fossil fuel and hydroelectric power energy generation. Its petroleum products include lubricants, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and asphalts, among others. The Company has operations established in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, among others. The Company is owned by Petrobras Participaciones SL. It operates throught Albares Renovables Argentina SA.

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