PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE: PTR) and Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.


This table compares PetroChina Company Limited and Petrobras Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PetroChina Company Limited 1.57% 2.32% 1.32%
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PetroChina Company Limited and Petrobras Argentina’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PetroChina Company Limited $263.40 billion 0.44 $42.59 billion $2.28 26.89
Petrobras Argentina $1.57 billion 1.59 $325.10 million N/A N/A

PetroChina Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Petrobras Argentina.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for PetroChina Company Limited and Petrobras Argentina, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PetroChina Company Limited 0 3 4 0 2.57
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of PetroChina Company Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.1% of Petrobras Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


PetroChina Company Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Petrobras Argentina does not pay a dividend. PetroChina Company Limited pays out 32.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

PetroChina Company Limited has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.


PetroChina Company Limited beats Petrobras Argentina on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

PetroChina Company Limited Company Profile

PetroChina Company Limited is a China-based company principally engaged in the production and distribution of oil and gas. The Company mainly operates through four business segments. The Exploration and Production segment is principally engaged in the exploration, development, production and sales of crude oil and natural gas. The Refining and Chemical Products segment is principally engaged in the refining of crude oil and petroleum products, as well as the production and sales of basic petrochemical products, derivative petrochemical products and other chemical products. The Sales segment is principally engaged in the sales of refined petroleum products. The Natural Gas and Pipeline segment is engaged in the transportation and sales of natural gas, crude oil and refined petroleum products.

Petrobras Argentina Company Profile

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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