Petrobras Argentina (NYSE: PZE) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Petrobras Argentina to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina’s competitors have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Petrobras Argentina $1.97 billion -$1.00 million -251.40
Petrobras Argentina Competitors $78.29 billion $113.43 million -210.57

Petrobras Argentina’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Petrobras Argentina. Petrobras Argentina is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.6% of Petrobras Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.5% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Petrobras Argentina and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petrobras Argentina Competitors 219 674 790 30 2.37

As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 24.49%. Given Petrobras Argentina’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Petrobras Argentina has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A
Petrobras Argentina Competitors -7.97% 2.68% 1.10%

Summary

Petrobras Argentina competitors beat Petrobras Argentina on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

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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